Embraer and Kenya’s national flag carrier Kenya Airways signed a Letter of Intent, subject to final agreement, for the acquisition of ten EMBRAER 190 jets, today, at the 49th Paris Air Show, in France. The deal also includes options for another ten aircraft, which could be either the EMBRAER 190 (E190) or the EMBRAER 170 (E170).
“Kenya Airways’ decision to increase its fleet of EMBRAER 190 jets is great news, and we are delighted with this further sign of confidence from the largest E-Jets operator in Sub Saharan Africa,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation. “Complementing the existing E-Jets in their fleet, this is proof of the reliability and efficiency the jets bring to airlines, demonstrating the versatility, economics and performance of the E-Jets family.”
With the projected order, the total number of E-Jets ordered by Kenya Airways comes to 20, considering aircraft acquired directly from Embraer (embraer.com) or through leasing companies.
Kenya Airway’s E190 will be configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats: 12 in business class and 84 in economy. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2012. As the first E-Jets operator in Africa, since 2006, the airline has been operating five E170s and two E190s under agreements with leasing companies. Three E190 jets remain to be delivered this year and in 2012.
“As we continue to focus on the expansion of our network with longer routes from our hub in Nairobi, the acquisition of new EMBRAER 190s is key to our growth strategy,” said Dr. Titus Naikuni, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive of Kenya Airways. “The E190 jet fits well with our expansion strategy, giving us an opportunity to expand our network and increasing our frequencies beyond the current offering while cementing our mandate of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through our hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.”
The EMBRAER 190 is the third of the brand-new four-member Embraer E-Jets family of commercial aircraft and entered service in August 2005. The jet may be configured in one or two classes, seating 98 to 114 passengers in a comfortable four-abreast (2-2), no-middle-seat, configuration, and can fly up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,450 kilometers) nonstop.
About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways (kenya-airways.com), the Pride of Africa, operates the most modern fleet in Africa and is the state and flag carrier for the Republic of Kenya. It currently consists of 32 aircraft and flies to 54 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Its onboard service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Recently, it scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (AI) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
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