Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways.
It is Kenya Airways’ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier’s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations.
“The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for us at Kenya Airways.
“Its long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long range markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of routes in the near future,” said Kenya Airways chief executive, Titus Naikuni.
“This is an important step as we continue opening up Africa to the rest of the world.”
The Boeing 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane.
Kenya Airways’ 777-300ER is configured with 400 seats, 28 in Premier World and 372 in Economy, and features USB ports, power sockets and an all-new in-flight entertainment system throughout the cabin.
The airplane can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine.
Kenya Airways is set to take delivery of a further two 777-300ERs, including an additional lease, as part of the carrier’s ten-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu.’