Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Airline News, Kenya | Posted on 28-04-2015
Kenya Airways will phase out its Boeing 777 fleet by the end of the year, according to this link
The airline’s 777-200ERs will be retired next month, following the return Nairobi-Dubai-Nairobi flight on 18 May.
Then, on 26 September the 777-300ER fleet will be retired following the Nairobi-London Heathrow-Nairobi flight that day.
Kenya Airways has been increasing its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, which are increasingly taking over routes formerly flown by he 767s and 777s operated by the airline.
Kenya Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The aircraft, 5Y-KZA , departed Paine Field in Everett for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) nonstop flight to Kenya Airways’ home base in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The 787 will form the backbone of the airline’s future long-haul fleet, providing greater range, improved efficiencies and outstanding passenger comfort.
“The delivery of our first ever 787 Dreamliner not only opens a new chapter for our airline, but also for Kenya,” said Dr. Titus Naikuni, chief executive officer, Kenya Airways. “The 787 will enable Kenya Airways to explore new markets, improve its economic performance, provide passengers with revolutionary comfort, while continuing to contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa.”
Kenya Airways’ first 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally within Africa in the coming weeks, before beginning long-haul service to Paris in early June. Currently the “Pride of Africa” serves destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. To date, more than 130 Dreamliners have been delivered to 17 customers worldwide.
See our Boeing 787 Routes Page for more information on where Kenya Airways will fly its Dreamliners.
Thomson Airways are to be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the UK, with their first aircraft due in the Spring.
The airline has announced a raft of destinations that the type will fly to from the Winter season, starting in November 2013. These include a number of long haul destinations, which will be served mainly from their London Gatwick base. However, regional bases at Manchester and Newcastle will also get 787 routes. The full list announced so far is:
London Gatwick – Punta Cana – Starts 1 November 2013
London Gatwick – Male – Starts 3 November 2013
London Gatwick – Mombasa – Starts 4 November 2013
London Gatwick – Phuket – Starts 5 November 2013
London Gatwick – Montego Bay – Starts 7 November 2013
London Gatwick – Puerto Plata – Starts 13 November 2013
London Gatwick – Holguin – Starts 11 December 2013
London Gatwick – Barbados – Starts 15 December 2013
Helsinki – Mombassa – Starts 22 December 2013
Newcastle – Cancun – Starts 1 April 2014
Manchester – Punta Cana – Starts 2 April 2014
For a full list of Boeing 787 routes from the airlines operating the type, head to the Boeing 787 Routes page.