The aircraft registered as 5Y- FFB, becomes the first Embraer that will be emblazoned with the SkyTeam Livery on its tail and fuselage in addition to the Kenya Airways logo.
This makes it the second KQ operated aircraft with the Sky Team livery alongside the B737-700 aircraft already in the Sky Team livery.
KQ’s Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said the new plane as well as the others expected over the next year will play an important role in the fulfillment of the SkyTeam Alliance strategy for Africa.
“Kenya Airways is the only airline in Africa that is in the SkyTeam Alliance, and with our flight and network expansion strategy, we are well poised to take advantage of this unique positioning to take traffic from markets such as China into the rest of Africa and Europe,” he said.
Through the SkyTeam Alliance, Kenya Airways takes passengers to over 926 destinations in 173 countries and 490 lounges globally.
“We take pride in being part of Skyteam. It positions us well to take advantage of increased demand for intra-Africa travel among business and leisure travellers alike,” Naikuni said.
The new plane touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Saturday evening September 15 from Brazil where it is manufactured.
Currently, KQ uses Embraer aircraft on domestic and short regional routes including Kisumu, Entebbe, Kigali, Bujumbura, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Maputo, Gaborone, Kilimanjaro and Nampula.
With the new acquisition, Kenya Airways now has a fleet of 12 Embraer aircraft, with eight more expected by the end of the financial year.
The airline has also ordered three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft expected from October 2013 and nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to be delivered from 2014 partly financed using proceeds from the Rights Issue successfully concluded in June.