Kenya Airways is preparing to take delivery of its second Embraer 190 this week. The first E190 arrived in January this year and is used on medium to long range African flights per the airline’s regional route expansion programme. Another three E190s will be delivered within the next year.
The first E190 arrived on schedule in Kenya on January 4, landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The second aircraft will arrive this week and will be used to on southern and central African routes.
“With our route network expansion firmly on course, the addition of a new aircraft into the fleet is quite timely,” said the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni.
“We have already conducted the test flights and are in the final stages of securing all the necessary regulatory approvals for the aircraft to start operating,” said Naikuni. However, he noted that the aircraft will be modified for Kenya Airways before entering commercial service.
“The Embraer 190 is a high-tech regional jet fitted with the latest avionics and a full in-seat IFE system. It will bring to our fleet a still higher level of technological improvement, helping lower maintenance and operational costs and providing the customers excellent cabin comfort in a true dual-class arrangement of 12 business class and 84 Economy seats”, Bram Steller, Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer said in January.
The first E190 was put into service on the Lusaka, Lilongwe, Nampula, Harare and Addis Ababa-Djibouti routes.
Kenya Airways’ E190s are configured with just under a hundred seats and feature a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system.
The airline also operates five E170 Long Range jets. “The combination of the E170 and E190 in our network will offer greater flexibility in right-sizing the aircraft to meet route demand, using the same crew and ensuring consistent, high comfort for our passengers,” Naikuni said.