Kenya Airways to receive new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
KENYA AIRWAYS is set to receive the first of three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in October this year to commence revenue service in November. The new state-of-the-art aircraft B777-300ER will be the largest in the airline’s fleet to date. With a seating capacity of 400 (28 - Premier World and 372 Economy) and long-range flying capability, this new addition will also offer excellent passenger experience.
“This will be the largest aircraft in our fleet. Our current B777-200ER aircraft has a seating capacity of 322 passengers while this one has 400 seats. It will give our business a major lift due to its enhanced product quality, excellent range and impressive cargo capacity (more than 7,000 cubic feet of cargo volume; over 20 metric tons),” says Dr Titus Naikuni, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. “The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of new long-haul routes in the near future,” Dr Naikuni added.
The aircraft has been designed with our guests in mind and will come with exciting features to delight existing passengers and attract new ones. Our Premier World Business Class features full flat-bed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage and armrests that also act as privacy dividers. Our guests will now also enjoy high quality in-flight entertainment; each seat has a 15.4 inch touch screen monitor, power socket and USB port, and an in-flight entertainment handset.
“The Economy Class seats are also a cut above the rest, with articulating seat bottoms for better leg-room, 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. Our guests will also experience our all-new industry-leading in-flight entertainment system with an smart user interface, with full audio and video on demand and games. Guests will also have access to interactive moving maps and information on connecting gates.
This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircraft by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115. The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year. The Boeing 777-300ER will be the fourth aircraft that Kenya Airways will receive this year, after three Embraer 190 jets delivered in January, February and August, respectively. Two more B777-300ER aircraft are expected to be delivered in mid-2014.
The airline has a fleet mix of wide-body (twin aisle) and narrow-body (single-aisle) aircraft comprising four Boeing 777-200ER wide-body jets, six Boeing 767-300ER wide-body jets, 14 Boeing 737 narrow-body jets (Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-300), 18 Embraer regional jets (E170 and E190) and two dedicated 737-300 freighters (converted from passenger aircraft). The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the first of which is to be delivered in early 2014.