Travel Gossip: Kenya Airways Takes Delivery on Its First Boeing 777-300ER

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US plane maker Boeing has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliner to GE Capital Aviation Services for lease to Kenya Airways. The technologically advanced airliner carried 10,000 pounds of humanitarian aide.

Kenya Airways is working with Boeing to support the Alaskan Sudan Medical Project (ASMP).

The 10,400 pounds of humanitarian supplies carried on the flight from the United States to Kenya will be used to build medical clinics, drill water wells, and construct bio-sand filters for clean water in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.

Saving Lives Through Health

The humanitarian cargo also included water pumps and agriculture equipment to support local farmers, fulfilling the ASMP’s mission statement of saving lives through health, clean water and agriculture.

The Boeing 777-300ER will be the largest airplane in African arline’s fleet, making it suitable for long-haul operations.

“The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for us at Kenya Airways,” says Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,Titus Naikuni.

“Its long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long range markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of routes in the near future. This is an important step as we continue opening up Africa to the rest of the world.”

10 Year Plan

Kenya Airways will take delivery on two more Boeing 777-300ERs as part of the airline’s 10-year plan to more than double the size of its fleet from 44 airplanes to 107 by 2021.

“The 777-300ER will be an excellent addition to Kenya Airways’ rapidly expanding long-haul fleet, providing it with greater capacity, range and flexibility on new and existing routes,” says Van Rex Gallard, Vice President of Sales for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We look forward to working in close partnership with Kenya Airways to provide it with exceptional airplanes as the carrier continues its ambitious growth plan to offer passengers a wider choice of destinations coupled with enhanced in-flight comfort.”

Boeing has a tradition of carrying humanitarian aide when it delivers new aircraft to airlines. It is a part of the US plane maker’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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