KQ to receive Boeing 777-300ER in Oct

The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year/FILE

The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Kenya Airways is set to receive the first of three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in October this year to commence revenue service in November.

The new state-of-the-art aircraft B777-300ER will be the largest in the airline’s fleet to date, with a seating capacity of 400 (28 – Premier World and 372 Economy) and long-range flying capability, this new addition will also offer excellent passenger experience.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni says the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is a perfect fit for their network expansion plans as it will enable them serve their existing markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of new long-haul routes in the near future.

“The aircraft has been designed with our guests in mind and will come with exciting features to delight existing passengers and attract new ones. Our Premier World business-class features full flat-bed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage and armrests that also act as privacy dividers,” he said.

He said that passengers will now also enjoy high quality in-flight entertainment; each seat has a 15.4 inch touch screen monitor, power socket and USB port, and an in-flight entertainment handset.

This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircrafts by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115.

The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year.

The Boeing 777-300ER will be the fourth aircraft that Kenya Airways will receive this year, after three Embraer 190 jets delivered in January, February and August, respectively. Two more B777-300ER aircraft are expected to be delivered in mid-2014.

The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, the first of which is to be delivered in early 2014.