KENYA AIRWAYS TAKES DELIVERY OF YET ANOTHER E190
Kenya Airways, aka The Pride of Africa, has taken delivery of yet another E190 aircraft on Thursday last week, as the current pending order for 10 of these advanced aircraft is progressively being fulfilled by Brazil’s aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The E190 jets are a perfect fit for Kenya Airways, as the airline is on course to roll out a number of additional African destinations in 2013, for which the use of the much larger B737-800 would initially make it hard to attain viable load factors, while the smaller jet, featuring a fully fledged business class section in a 2×1 configuration and 2×2 in economy class, offers in flight entertainment to passengers on this aircraft for flights up to 4 hours across the continent. Another 7 such aircraft will join the fleet between December and April or May next year.
In a related development it was also confirmed that Kenya Airways and China Eastern will commence a full reciprocal codeshare arrangements forflights between Nairobi, via Bangkok to Shanghai Du Pong, effective 01st of December, adding yet another codeshared route for the South Asia region after signing up earlier this year with Korean Air and more recently with Vietnam Airlines. Watch this space for the freshest aviation news from Eastern Africa.