Kenya Airways: the pride of Africa
In the next 10-20 years, Kenya Airways aims to grow into a decidedly dominant carrier in Africa with a notable presence in Asia, Europe and the America’s while operating a modern fleet of new airplanes. Kenya Airways was on pace to become a world-class network airline by 2005.
Kenya Airways growing fleet
Despite the downturn in the aviation industry caused by events in 2001, the last three years have been a period of continued growth and innovation for Kenya Airways.
The airline began its growth spurt with delivery of its first Boeing 767-300ER followed by 2 additional 767s in June and July of 2001. In 2002, the carrier renewed its regional fleet with the addition of four new 737-700s, making Kenya Airways the first airline in Sub-Saharan Africa to operate 737-700 with blended winglets, retiring its last A310.
The Boeing 777s specs
The 777 is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world and is available in 5 models: the 777-200, a 777-200ER (extended range), a larger 777-300 as well as two as two longer ranger models, the 777-200LR and the 777-300ER. The 777s seat from 301 up to 368 passengers in a three-class configuration with a range of 5,210 nautical miles (9,649 km) in the 777-200 to 9,280 nautical miles (16,983km) for the 777-200lr (longer range).
The growth of Kenya Airways
As Africa passenger traffic growth to Kenya continues, so does the need for airplanes that offer more range, carry more passengers and that offer an improved level of comfort.
Kenya Airways is naturally following the growth path of many other long-haul carriers in the industry by improving its regional and international routes. Passenger demand is creating the need for more frequency and point-to-point routes to and from Kenya. With its new 767-300ERs and the recently acquired 777-200ER, Kenya Airways is improving its long-haul route networks from Nairobi to London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Mumbai, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Kenya Airways Partnerships
Kenya Airways has grown its partnership with KLM, Northwest AIRLINES, Precision Airlines, East African Airlines and Air Malawi, giving passengers a choice of destinations in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas. Not only are these partnerships beneficial to the passengers, the relationships also connect Kenya Airways to many global distribution networks that benefit its daily business operations. Kenya Airways continues to expand its horizons with partnerships and extending its route networks with the addition of new Boeing 777.
The U.S Awards for the 777 jetliner
On May 30, 1995, the 777 became the first airplane in aviation history to earn U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly 180-minute extended range twin engine operations (ETOPS) at service entry. On May 4, 1998, the 777-300 achieved another historic milestone by becoming the first commercial airplane to receive type certification and 180-minute ETOPS approval on the same day.
The new distinct look of Premier Class
Kenya Airways new Premier Class flat bed seats are giving passengers more comfort on long haul routes. It also includes large overhead compartments to provide passengers with increased stowage capacity. Out bound as well as centre stowage units are designed to open downward for convenient loading. When closed, they allow ample overhead clearance.
In-flight Service system
For improved more efficient in-flight service, Kenya Airways 777s are equipped with an advanced cabin management system. Linked to a computerized control console, the cabin management system assists cabin crews with many tasks and allows airlines to provide new services for passengers, including a digital sound system comparable to the most state of the art home stereo or disc players.
The 777 Awards
The industrial Design Excellence award was awarded to the passenger cabin of the new Boeing 777 jetliner, the first time the industrial Designers Society of America honored an airplane interior.
A world-wide survey of passengers flying long-range routes in first, business and economy classes revealed an overwhelming preference for the 777. The survey found that more than three out of four passengers who had flown aboard both the 777 and the airbus A330/340 airplanes preferred the Boeing 777.
The airline of the Year… i.e. 4 years in a row
Over the last three years, Kenya Airways was awarded the airline of the year by the African Aviation, Africa’s leading industry journal for its continuous improvements of its products and services and upholding the highest safety standards of its products.
Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of the republic of Kenya operating scheduled regional and international passenger, cargo and mail services from Nairobi to Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East.
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