Kenya Airways has announced that it will take the delivery of its first of three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in mid-October this year. The new aircraft would be the largest in the airline’s fleet.
According to Kenya Airways, the new 400-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft would be deployed to operate flights between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and China’s key city Guangzhou to be launched in November this year.
Kenya’s flagship carrier Kenya Airways has indicated that it will operate daily flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou via Bangkok. The airline plans to expand its service later on, and would begin operating thrice weekly nonstop service between Nairobi and the southern Chinese city Guangzhou in future.
Kenya Airways said that it is acquiring the aircraft as part of its 10-year strategic plan. The airline disclosed that under the 10-year strategic plan its target would be to increase its fleet size from the existing 44 to 107 aircrafts, and destinations from the present 62 to 115 by 2021.
Earlier this year, Kenya Airways has already taken the delivery of three Embraer E-190 aircrafts. The airline is also expecting to get two more Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts to be delivered in mid-2014. Currently, Kenya Airways’ fleet comprises of four Boeing 777-200ERs, six Boeing 767-300ERs, 14 Boeing 737s (including Boeing 737-800s, Boeing 737-700s and Boeing 737-300s), 18 Embraer E-170 E-190 regional jets, and two Boeing 737-300 freighters conversions. The airline has already placed orders for nine Boeing 787 aircrafts, and expects the first aircraft to be delivered in early 2014.