Another Embraer E190 joined the growing KQ fleet overnight, when the latest bird arrived in Nairobi and was taxied to the Embakasi base of The Pride of Africa. Registered as 5Y KYR the new aircraft will shortly be deployed across the East and Southern African skies, soon to be followed by the ninth aircraft of the same make due for delivery in October.
The cabin configuration is the now familiar 2×2 in economy (84) and 2×2 in business class (12), offering overall 96 seats and as such ideally suited for routes where a smaller aircraft will make the destination financially viable from a very early stage. An inflight entertainment and information system has been integrated for the benefit of passengers, who can now watch movies or series from their own personal screen.
Only a few weeks ago did Kenya Airways sign a firm order for another 10 Embraer 190 aircraft with the Brazilian manufacturer while also confirming 16 more options, which can be converted into firm orders at a later stage. KQ presently operates 5 Embraer 170 and now 3 Embraer 190, with two more aircraft from the current order due for delivery before the end of the year. Happy Landings to the new bird, the crew and all the future passengers on board.