2012…. Kenya Airways has added another Embraer E-jet to its rapidly
growing fleet as it expands its destinations in Africa while increasing
frequencies on existing routes.
registered 5Y- FFC was delivered in a special ceremony in Brazil as it was the
900th E-Jet to be produced by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Dr. Titus Naikuni, increasing the number
of Embraer aircraft in Kenya Airways will help the airline consolidate its
presence on the continent where it flies to 46 destinations.
“It is a real
honor for Kenya Airways to be part of this highlight in Embraer’s history, by
receiving the 900th E-Jet,” said Dr. Naikuni. “The
E190 is a versatile aircraft suited to our growth ambitions on the African
continent. Given its mid-range capabilities, it ably supports our plans to fly
new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones. It affords our passengers
excellent cabin comfort while enhancing operating efficiency. This new
acquisition brings the airline closer to our vision of flying to every capital
in Africa in the next few years.”
of the 900th E-Jet is a great achievement for Embraer, and we are
very pleased to deliver this aircraft to Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s leading
airlines, only eight years after the first E-Jets entered revenue service in
2004,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation. “E-Jets
were the first aircraft to change traditional thinking about 70 to 120-seat
aircraft and revolutionizing regional transportation by bringing more connectivity
or frequencies to passengers who can now fly when they want and not when it is
operationally feasible for the carrier.”
are in service with more than 60 airlines from 40 countries with four different
types of business models - mainline, low-cost carriers, regional application
and most recently, with scheduled tour operator. The aircraft routinely fly
long sectors, over water and operate at some of the world's most challenging
E190 aircrafts are configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats:
12 in business class and 84 in economy. They feature individual screens for
every seat, with In Flight Entertainment on demand. This aircraft
joins the Airline’s existing fleet of twelve Embraer aircraft,
comprising a mixture of five E170s and seven E190s. Kenya
Airways has seven more E190 aircraft on order with a delivery each month
between now and February 2013.
KQ uses Embraer E190 aircraft on domestic and short regional routes including
Kisumu, Entebbe, Kigali, Bujumbura, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Maputo, Gaborone,
and Nampula. The airline plans to start flights to Eldoret in Kenya next week
Wednesday 17th October.