Kenya Airways received (21-Jan-2013) its eleventh Embraer E-190 and expects to take delivery of four more by mid-2013. It is the airline's sixth fully-owned E-190 and will be operated in a two-class, 96-seat configuration. Kenya Airways CEO Dr Titus Naikuni said, "Acquisition of the E-190 aircraft is a step towards growing the airline network by route and frequency growth, and the E190 is ideal especially for new routes development, while increasing frequencies on existing routes." The carrier plans to increase its fleet to 119 and expand its network from 50 to more than 115 destinations by 2021. The airline also has nine Boeing 787s scheduled for delivery by 2014. [more - original PR]
Kenya Airways receives 11th E-190
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