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Airline Fleet Expansion

Capacity grows on Kenya Airways with new aircraft

Jun 03, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya Airways, “the Pride of Africa,” is again expanding its capacity with the addition of a new Embraer E190 to its fleet. The aircraft will be deployed to operate within Southern and Central Africa.

The new long-range plane joins the growing family of Embraer jets that Kenya Airways uses for its regional operations in Africa. The acquisition is part of a master plan to build capacity for the Africa market, which is the core focus of the airline. The increase in capacity and the expanding of the route network have both been necessitated by growing regional passenger and cargo demand.

“With our route network expansion firmly on course, the addition of a new aircraft into the fleet is quite timely,” said Chief Executive Officer Dr. Titus Naikuni, “We have already conducted the test flights and are in the final stages of securing all the necessary regulatory approvals for the aircraft to start operating.” He further noted that the aircraft will undergo some customization by its engineers before eventually being commercially deployed.

The arrival of the new Embraer E190 fulfills an order that Kenya Airways placed last year. The first jet was delivered in December 2010. Three more E190 jets will be delivered within the next year.

The Embraer E190 is a Brazilian-built, state-of-the-art regional jet. The aircraft is configured as per Kenya Airways design and will carry just under 100 passengers in a superbly-appointed cabin, which features the latest in-flight entertainment system. It elevates Kenya Airways to an even higher level of technological advancement coupled with lower maintenance and operational costs.

Dr. Naikuni said, “The combination of the E170 and E190 in our network will offer greater flexibility in right-sizing the aircraft to meet route demand, while using the same crew and ensuring consistent, high comfort for our passengers.”


Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya, established in 1977 and headquartered at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Part of the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline operates to over 46 scheduled destinations throughout Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia.


The Kenya Airways fleet is composed of 4 Boeing 777-200Ers, 6 Boeing 767-300Ers, 5 Boeing 737-800s, 4 Boeing 737-700s, 5 Boeing 737-300s, and 6 Embraer E17LRs - 30 aircraft in total.


Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates scheduled service to:

AFRICA: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Dzaoudzi, Entebbe, Freetown, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Luanda, Mahe, Malabo, Monrovia, Moroni, Ndola, N’djamena, Yaounde, Zanzibar.

FAR EAST, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST: Bangkok, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Muscat.

EUROPE: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome.

DOMESTIC: Kisumu, Mombasa, Malindi, Nairobi (HUB).

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