, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – Kenya Airways (KQ) has received its second Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with a capacity of 400 passengers and over 20 metric tonnes of cargo.
Speaking after the plane landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), KQ Chairman Evanson Mwaniki said the new aircraft will commence operations on June 2, flying between Nairobi and Amsterdam.
The first aircraft received in October last year and which currently flies direct to Guangzhou, China will also commence flights to Lagos in Nigeria.
“This is the second of 10 new aircraft that we expect this year. The acquisition of these aircrafts will pave way for the introduction of new intercontinental flights and increasing the frequency on existing ones,” Mwaniki said when he received the plane from Seattle in the US, where it was manufactured by Boeing.
The new aircraft joins an already existing range of Boeing planes in the airline’s fleet, which includes 27 passenger aircraft and one freighter.
The delivery of the second Boeing 777-300ER comes only weeks after Kenya Airways received its first Dreamliner, named ‘Great Rift Valley’ which was unveiled at JKIA by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Among the exciting features in the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft’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,” Mwaniki explained.
This year, the airline expects five more Dreamliners, 2 Boeing 737-800ER and another Boeing 777-300ER, which is part of its fleet expansion plan under Project Mawingu.