NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has taken delivery of its fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The aircraft, which is leased from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), brings to four the number of Boeing 737-800s in the airline’s 25 aircraft fleet.
“The aircraft, whose registration is 5Y-KYE, is scheduled to commence commercial flights this weekend. The 145 seater aircraft is powered by two engines, capable of up to 26,000lb of take off thrust,” said KQ in a statement.
The 737-800 aircraft is instrumental to Kenya Airways strategy of connecting Africa to the rest of the world. With its modern cabin and increased baggage capacity, it enables Kenya Airways to develop its African network with the customer needs in mind.
It also comes at a time when the airline is aggressively seeking to improve its systems and fleet to cater for its growing passenger base.
The delivery of the plane will help the airline with some of the tight aircraft utilisation that comes in the busy high season and also cater for the growing demand for cargo space.
The additional aircraft will allow for more maintenance ground time resulting in minimised disruptions and inconveniences to the passenger.
The delivery flight from Seattle, which included stops in London and Cairo, was operated by a team consisting of Captain Peter Kimeria as well as officials and engineers from Kenya Airways.
KQ also disclosed that the airline would receive another Boeing 737-800 in February.