Wed, Mar 08, 2006
Most Successful Program Launch To Date For Boeing
Are commercial airliner orders coming in sixes now? Just
one day after Airbus announced a six-plane deal with Yemenia Air
for its A350 -- with options for four more -- Boeing responded in
kind with a six-aircraft deal of its own. On Tuesday, Kenya Airways
announced its decision to purchase six 787 Dreamliners.
Kenya Airways plans to replace its current 767s with the new
Dreamliners, beginning with the delivery of two airplanes in 2010,
and four in 2011.
Kenya Airways was the first carrier to purchase and operate the
Boeing 777 in sub-Saharan Africa, and becomes the third major
African airline to order the 787 Dreamliner. The unmatched
performance, range and passenger comfort of the 787 will further
enhance Kenya Airways' ability to offer service on routes across
"The 787 Dreamliner fits perfectly into our fleet strategy and
offers Kenya Airways the opportunity to reach out across the globe
in welcoming people to experience the wide open spaces and friendly
charm found here in Africa," said Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya
Kenya Airways currently
operates a 21-plane fleet, which includes Boeing 737s, 767s and
777s. The airline also recently announced a lease agreement with
Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprises for three 737-800s to be
delivered in 2006.
"Our association with Kenya Airways truly represents a
partnership and is based on mutual respect and trust that we work
together to ensure the airline's continued success," said Lee
Monson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Sales for The
Middle East and Africa. "We're proud to have the 787 Dreamliner
validated by the extremely competent and thorough assessment team
that's been assembled within Kenya Airways."
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has had the most successful program
launch in Boeing's history, with the airplane first scheduled to
enter commercial service in 2008. Kenya Airways becomes the 28th
customer committed to the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing currently has 385
total orders and commitments worldwide.
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