KENYA AIRWAYS PREPARES FOR WELCOME TO A BRAND NEW B777-300ER
Kenya Airways’ implementation of Plan Mawingo remains on course with the upcoming delivery of another brand new B777-300ER, which will boost The Pride of Africa’s ability to add flight frequencies and eventually more destinations to their growing long haul network.
Over the past year the emphasis was on the delivery of short and medium haul Embraer E190’s, needed to widen the Africa network and capture that all important transit traffic coming via Nairobi for the airline’s Middle and Far Eastern destinations. While yet more deliveries of these sleek birds are expected in coming months, the next arrival though at Kenya Airways’ Embakasi base, opposite the main terminal at JKIA, will be Boeing’s largest aircraft available right now, of which KQ already has four B777-200ER on the fleet, those being configured in a two class layout of 28 full flatbed seats in Business Class and 294 seats in Economy Class.
‘The arrival of another wide bodied plane is crucial for KQ’s plans to expand long haul destinations to Asia. The long delay with the B787 has hit them hard because now they are stuck with the older B767’s which are smaller and consume much more fuel. They had to bring another B767 to the fleet and now the next B777 is coming. The regional fleet has grown a lot last year and it now needs the added capacity for long haul flights to match those extra passengers flying with KQ through Nairobi’ said a regular aviation source from Nairobi with good insight into the workings at The Pride of Africa. Watch this space for the formal announcement when the new aircraft has arrived in Nairobi and on which routes it will be deployed.