Kenya Airways to acquire new planes

14/04/2011 - Kenya property & investment news
Kenya Airways to acquire new planes

Kenya Airways has announced that it will acquire nine new 787-8 Dreamliners in 2013 as it plans to replace old fleets and expand to new markets, nation.co.ke reports.The firm had previously signed an agreement with Boeing in 2006 to be supplied with the planes, which said the first aircraft would be delivered in 2010.This deal failed to reach fruition, however, which means that the first Dreamliner plane will be delivered in the third quarter of 2013.Titus Naikuni, KQ chief executive officer, said that the new acquisition was the investment needed to expand their market share.The new aircrafts are expected to replace the outdated 767 fleet.Rob Faye, Boeing Africa sales director, explained that the new aircrafts have innovative interior environment, higher humidity, wider seats, aisles and larger windows.In other news, the Qatari Kenyan ambassador, Galma Buru, explained earlier this week that the tourism, energy and real estate sectors are set to benefit from investment in Kenya.