, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – Kenya Airways has received the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, as the airline strengthens its long haul capability, paving way for the introduction of new continental routes.
Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni says the aircraft, which has a capacity of 400 passengers and can carry over 20 metric tonnes of cargo, will become the 45th and the largest on its fleet.
“As our fleet and route expansion plan gains momentum, we are excited to be receiving the Boeing 777-300ER. It enters into service in November and will be flying non-stop to Guangzhou in China,” said Naikuni.
Among the exciting features in the plane’s Premier World section are: full flatbed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage and armrests that also act as privacy dividers, Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers, high quality in-flight entertainment; a 15.4 inch touch screen monitor for each seat, power sockets and USB ports.
For the Economy Class, seats are also a cut above the rest, with articulating seat bottoms for better legroom, four-way adjustable headrests, in-flight handset seatback and large 10.6 inch touch screen monitors.
Each seat also has a USB port, with power sockets strategically installed throughout the cabin.
On his part, Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau says this will increase trade relations with China and the rest of the world.
Kamau revealed that all public servants will now only use Kenya Airways in all their flights in bid to support the national carrier.
He said that tenders for building a new terminal were opened on Friday.
“We in government mean business, we will work hard in building infrastructure that will provide a conducive environment for business,” he said.
The new 777-300ER will join the already existing range of Boeing planes in the airline’s fleet – which includes 25 passenger aircrafts and two freighters.