Kenya Airways boosts regional services


NAIROBI, Kenya – National flag carrier Kenya Airways has added a Boeing 737-300 to its domestic and short haul regional service lineup. The equipment registered as 5Y-KYM has been leased from KLM. It is initially scheduled on the Nairobi-Mombasa route. Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer, Bram Steller, explained, “Due to high demand on these routes, our passengers will use the new aircraft with the temporary blue outside body colors. I wish to reassure them that within the next two months the aircraft will spot the official KQ branding and colors.”

According to Steller, acquiring the plane was in line with the Kenya Airways strategy to increase the level of efficiency on domestic and regional services and offer passengers more choices of flying times and frequency. This exciting development comes in the wake of Kenya Airways ordering two Embraer 190 aircraft which are expected to be delivered early next year and the recent delivery of two additional planes which brought the fleet to a total of 28 aircraft.

Steller stressed that the airline was pursuing a fleet expansion plan that will support its route network growth. “With Nairobi’s fast growth as the East and Central African aviation hub, we expect a significant increase in demand for Kenya Airways to open up more new cities and increase frequencies on the existing ones with more flights.”


Kenya Airways (KQ), the Pride of Africa, operates the largest and most modern fleet in Africa and is the state and flag carrier for the republic of Kenya. It currently consists of 29 aircraft and flies to 50 destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Far East. The on-board service is renowned and flat bed business class seat on the wide-bodied is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently Kenya Airways has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year. In order to meet the airline’s primary goal to be the carrier of choice to Africa, they have established strategic alliances thorough SkyTeam partners and interline agreements with United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Air Canada. These relationships ensure seamless and convenient connections from all over North America to Nairobi, Kenya and points beyond all over Africa.

Kenya Airways Equipment: The Kenya Airways fleet is composed of four Boeing 777-200ERs, six Boeing 767-300ERs, five Boeing 737-800s, four Boeing 737-700s, five Boeing 737-300s and five Embraer E170LRs…29 aircraft in total.

Kenya Airways Route Overview: Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi, Kenya and flies to:

Africa: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Dzaoudzi, Entebbe, Free Town, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Luanda, Malabo, Monrovia, Moroni, Ndola, Seychelles, Yaounde, Zanzibar

Far East, Asia, Middle East: Bangkok, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Muscat

Europe: Amsterdam, Paris, London

Domestic: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi (HUB)

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