Kenya Airways has entered into a sale agreement with Omni Air International for two of its Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft, following approval from its board.
Omni Air International is a US based airline providing global passenger ACMI wet lease and charter programs.
This is a lease where the lessor (Omni Air International) provides the Aircraft, Complete crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI).
Kenya Airways announced its intention to sell the B777-200 fleet in November 2014 as it sought to rationalize its fleet as part of its turnaround strategy.
These aircraft were delivered new from Boeing to Kenya Airways between 2004 and 2007. They were operated on its long haul scheduled routes especially to Asia and Europe. The aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce Trent 892B engines and are currently configured with 28 business and 294 economy seats.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “I am pleased that we have reached this milestone. Although we announced our intention to rationalise our fleet in line with our current position more than a year ago, it has taken a while to find a good home for our B777-200. We are now satisfied with this sale and will make other important announcements on fleet rationalisation soon.”
The two aircraft will leave for their new home in the next two months after Kenya Airways completes their exit preparation. The first one will be transferred by the end of January.