Kenya Airways is set to receive a Boeing 777-300ER this October to commence revenue service in November. The aircraft, which seats 400 passenger in a 2 class configuration (28J / 372Y), will be the largest aircraft in the airline’s fleet to date.
Dr. Titus Naikuni, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, had this to say about the aircraft:
This will be the largest aircraft in our fleet. Our current B777-200ER aircraft has a seating capacity of 322 passengers while this one has 400 seats. It will give our business a major lift due to its enhanced product quality, excellent range and impressive cargo capacity ( more than 7,000 cubic feet of cargo volume; over 20 metric tons). The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of new long-haul routes in the near future.
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The Premier World seats include full flat-bed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage, and armrests. They also have a high quality entertainment system to go with 15.4 inch screens, a power socket, and a USB port. The Economy class seats contain articulating seat bottoms for better legroom, four-way adjustable headrests, and 10.6 inch monitors to go with a USB port, power sockets, and an in-flight handset.
This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircrafts by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115. The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year.