[Aviation Today April 4, 2014] Kenya Airways has received its first Boeing 787, which the state run carrier plans to use to expand its long-haul operations, according to Boeing.
Kenya Airways' Boeing 787. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The African airline is scheduled to receive nine additional 787s, and has also expressed interest in acquiring several 777-300ER aircraft, Boeing said. Kenya Airways has a 10-year strategic plan, "Project Mawingu," to expand and modernize its commercial fleet from the current number of 44 aircraft to 107 by 2021.
Kenya flies a mixed long-haul fleet of 767-300ERs, 777-200ERs and a 777-300ER, and the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner “not only opens a new chapter for our airline, but also for Kenya," said Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways.
"The 787 will enable Kenya Airways to explore new markets, improve its economic performance, provide passengers with revolutionary comfort, while continuing to contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa," said Naikuni.