37AND COUNTING AS KENYA AIRWAYS GETS ANOTHER E190 IN SKY TEAM LIVERY
This weekend will see the arrival of fleet aircraft number 37 at the Kenya Airways base in Embakasi / Nairobi, another Brazilian built Embraer E190, with the difference that the livery will reflect the airlines membership in Sky Team, one of the worlds leading airline alliances. Already is a B737-700 in service with the same livery, incidentally flown on just a short while ago enroute from Nairobi to Mahe, and both will be advertising Kenya Airways strong partnership with leading world airlines, like KLM and Air France.
Wary of the aggressive rollout by leading continental competitors, one of which beat The Pride of Africa by a year and a half with the first African delivery of a B787 Dreamliner, Kenya Airways appears set to respond in kind by adding more domestic and continental destinations in the race for superiority in the African skies. In October at least two launches are due to take place, Eldoret, a large town in Western Kenya with 10 flights a week, two on most days but none on Monday from information presently available, and tickets for the launch period are sold for 59 US Dollars, all taxes included, signaling Kenya Airways mood to fight for market share on that route, previously owned by Jetlink and another airline. Also due appears to be Abuja for launch next month, which would connect another African capital city KQ intends to fly to all political and commercial capitals by the end of 2013 besides multiple flights already to Lagos, Nigerias commercial capital.
When the new bird arrives to a champagne welcome on Saturday, it will be happy landings to crews and passengers from then onwards, as the Pride of Africa continues to stay the course mapped out under Project Mawingo, the airlines 10 year strategic plan. Watch this space.
(Kenya Airways next fleet addition, an E190 in Sky Team colours)