, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Kenya Airways will on Friday receive the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, as the airline strengthens its long haul capability, paving way for the introduction of new continental routes.
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.
The plane will be delivered on Friday to Kenya Airways at its hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by its manufacturer, Boeing.
The airline’s management, led by Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni will be joined by US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, Engineer Michael Kamau to receive the aircraft.
“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 Dr Naikuni.
Upon delivery, the plane will be carrying humanitarian supplies from the US destined for the Alaskan Sudan Medical Project in the Jonglei region of South Sudan. The delivery of the supplies is supported by Kenya Airways, working with Boeing.
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.
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.