January 23, 2013
Kenya Airways, for now, is retaining its order for Boeing 787 and is “still optimistic” of receiving the first aircraft in the first quarter of 2014, the airline tells Aviation Week.
Kenya Airways has nine 787-8s on firm order to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 767 models, plus an additional four on purchase options.
After a series of postponements related to the 787’s initial production problems, the Nairobi-based airline is due to take delivery of the first of the nine 787s by the end of the first quarter of 2014 and the remainder by 2016. A spokesman for Kenya Airways says the airline is awaiting the outcome of a safety review of the 787 by the FAA and Boeing before deciding if it has so look for a substitute for the 787.
Kenya Airways, meanwhile, added a new Embraer 190. The aircraft is the sixth of 10 fully owned E-190s that Kenya Airways expects to receive by mid-year as it expands its African route network The E-190 has a two-class layout, with 12 seats in business and 84 in economy class.
The airline remains tight-lipped on whether it will use some E-jets on its proposed low-cost carrier (LCC), Jambo Jet. Jambo Jet received its air operator’s certificate late last year. Kenya Airways launched plans to set up an LCC two years ago, but has not revealed fleet, routes or start date.