Kenya Airways’ first B777-300ER homebound for Nairobi


(Posted 24th October 2013)

Tomorrow, Friday 25th will Kenya Airways’ latest and biggest bird ever take to the air from the Boeing manufacturing plant in Seattle to start the ferry flight home to the airline’s base in Nairobi. The 400 seat aircraft, offering 28 seats in Premier Class and 372 seats in Economy, will after arrival later on Friday be prepared for service at the Embakasi hangar of Kenya Airways, before entering service on 05th November with a planned flight to Guangzhou in China.

Equipped with the latest communications technology is this aircraft the first in the fleet to offer inflight WiFi connections, a brand new seat product in both classes and a state of the art entertainment system to allow passengers pass their time during the long nonstop flights from China to Kenya.

Details received from the airline speak of excitement among the airline’s management and staff over the arrival of the new bird and Dr. Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways, was quoted in a media release received overnight as having said: ‘Our fleet and route expansion is gaining momentum and we are excited to receive the Boeing B777-300ER. It enters service in November and will fly nonstop to Guangzhou in China’.

Once the new Boeing has arrived one more aircraft will join the fleet before the end of the year, an Embraer E190, before additional deliveries resume in 2014 when in March the first of 9 B787 Dreamliners will be delivered to The Pride of Africa, allowing for the retirement of the ageing B767 fleet and allowing for major fuel savings, expected to be over 20 percent compared with older aircraft.

The new B777-300ER will be officially introduced to Kenya’s business community and frequent travellers on the 04th of November, before commencing commercial flights the next day. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from East Africa’s vibrant aviation sector.

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