KQ continues to upgrade its fleet and enhance guest experience
The latest addition to the youngest fleet in Africa touched down at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 2 May 2015. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is the seventh such aircraft to arrive and follows hot on the taillights of a fourth state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800NG, which landed the previous weekend.
The highly fuel-efficient Dreamliner has 234 custom-made seats – 30 fully flat in Premier World and 204 in economy. Featuring the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies, the plane includes massive 19-inch tall windows (this is 30 per cent bigger than similarly sized aircraft) with electronic dimmers at each seat whose shades can be adjusted automatically from transparent to dark.
It has a more spacious interior cabin design, larger overhead bins, cutting-edge aesthetics and ambient mood lighting. A quieter air conditioning system reduces vibration for a smoother, calmer flight. Cleaner air with higher humidity levels is continuously circulated through an advanced filtration system, which helps your skin, your eyes and your lips feel more comfortable. The lower cabin altitude ensures more oxygen and, consequently, fewer headaches and less dizziness, meaning you feel fresher and less fatigued upon arrival.
Premier World boasts a 75-inch seat pitch, fully flat bed seats with leather footrests, laptop stowage, high-quality in-flight entertainment, a 15.4-inch touch screen monitor for each seat, power sockets and USB ports.
In Economy Class, the Dreamliner offers a 32-inch seat pitch, better legroom, four-way adjustable head-rests and large 10.6-inch touch screen monitors. Each seat also has a USB port, with power sockets strategically installed throughout the cabin.
For this latest Dreamliner and the two remaining ones on order, which are due to arrive in June and July, Kenya Airways has entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with AWAS Aviation Trading Limited, a leasing company based in Ireland, with a portfolio of more than 300 aircraft for customers around the world.
Signing the deal, Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said the transaction would be beneficial to the company’s balance sheet as it seeks to improve its liquidity.
“Given our current financing, we must be prudent in finding an innovative financing solution while keeping with our growth ambitions. The new aircraft will be important additions to our fleet as we strive to give our guests the best experience,” he said.
“AWAS has proven to be a valuable, responsive and flexible business partner and we are thankful for their support. This means we can meet our guest’s expectations with the youngest fleet in Africa as per our promise.”
Sale and Leaseback is a practical fleet modernisation avenue for many airlines across the globe.