25 February 2013

Kenya Airways Boosts Fleet With New Jet

Kenya Airways has expanded its fleet with the delivery of a new fully owned Embraer E190 jet. The E-jet is the seventh out of ten that the airline is in the process of acquiring as part of the 10 year growth strategy, dubbed 'Project Mawingu' that it started in 2011.

The company said the remaining three will be delivered between May and November. Kenya Airways' Managing Director Titus Naikuni said that the airline is acquiring different aircraft types as it targets a mix of narrow body and wide body passenger and freight fleets.

"This will help us to achieve fleet optimisation by deploying E-jets to short regional routes, thus freeing the larger aircrafts to operate regional and continental routes,"Naikuni said.

The first of three B777-300ER aircraft will be delivered later this year for Intercontinental flights. The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to be delivered from 2014 and to Europe and the Far East.

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