Kenya Airways’ third B777-300ER lands
By Christine Muchira/Release
Kenya Airways Saturday stepped up its fleet renewal programme with the delivery of its third Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new aircraft, which is the world’s largest twin engine jet with up to 400 passenger seating capacity, landed at the airline’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 1300hours.
Kenya Airways fleet score is now at 48 with the delivery of the aircraft and will serve to further enhance the airlines long haul capability.
Kenya Airways received its first Boeing 777-300ER in November 2013 that currently serves the Nairobi -Guangzhou and Nairobi – Lagos. The second one was delivered in May 2014 and commenced commercial service between Nairobi and Amsterdam.
Speaking during a ceremony at the JKIA to receive the aircraft, Kenya Airways’ outgoing Group Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Titus Naikuni stated that the ongoing fleet renewal programme through which the B777-300ER and B787 Dreamliner aircrafts have been acquired, targets improving customer experience on wide body aircrafts.
”The addition of this B777-300ER aircraft is a major boost to our capabilities in operating long haul flights. It will enable us to increase the frequency of our intercontinental operations as we link up Africa to the rest of the world,” Dr Naikuni added.
Among the exciting features in the Premier World section of the 777-300ER are: full flatbed seats with leather foot-rests, laptop stowage and armrests that also act as privacy dividers, high quality in-flight entertainment; each seat has a 15.4 inch touch screen monitor, power socket and USB port, and an in-flight entertainment handset.
For the Economy Class, seats are also a cut above the rest, with articulating seat bottoms for better legroom, four-way adjustable headrests, in-flight handset seatback and large 10.6 inch touch screen monitors. Each seat also has a USB port, with power sockets strategically installed throughout the cabin.