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Wed, Mar 08, 2006

Kenya Airways To Add Six Boeing 787 Dreamliners

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 globe.

"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 Airways.

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.

FMI: www.boeing.com, www.kenya-airways.com

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