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Brazil,Kenya : KENYA AIRWAYS receives its First Fully-Purchased Embraer E190 Jet on THURSDAY.

It was a huge accomplishment for the national carrier of Kenya - Kenya Airways (KQ) when it s fully owned first Embraer E190 aircraft landed at the Nairobi-based Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 30th August, 2012.

The aircraft touched down at the airport amid euphoric welcome by cabin and ground handling personnel of Kenya Airways, headed by the Chief Executive Officer. The aircraft was formally delivered to the airline CEO - Titus Naikuni.

During this occasion, the airline s boss has stated that the attainment of the new Embraer E190 aircraft emphasizes the implication of this precise airliner variant to the 10-Year Growth Plan of Kenya Airways.

Naikuni stated, The Embraer 190 is a versatile aircraft suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent. Given its mid-range capabilities, it aptly supports our plans to fly new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones.

Subsequent to a dynamic two-day in-flight trial operation in San Jose Dos Campos at the Embraer assembly facility, the new airplane had flown to Kenya from Brazil where it was engineerd by a squad under the guidance of Captain Patel Parul with assistance from Captain Kiki Onyonka.

Naikuni has underlined that the new purchase takes the airline nearer to its dream of serving every capital cities in the African region within 2016. Kenya Airways now serves 46 African destinations with Nairobi as the hub.

The newly included aircraft is likely to enhance the carrier s growing fleet and tune-up new routes and frequencies on its increasing network in the African continent. The airline has 9 more Embraer E190 planes on order of which 6 is likely to be delivered every month from now. The residual 3 will join the fleet in May, August and November 2013.

KQ has earlier procured Embraer aircraft by either leasing or debt-financing. It received the last three E190s in May, which were acquired from Air Lease Corporation.

Moreover, KQ has placed order for nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which will arrive within 2014. Its earning from the Rights Issue in this June has partially helped the carrier in financing this acquisition.

The national carrier currently operates a fleet of 11 Embraer aircraft including a blend of both E170 as well as E190 models.

Naikuni enlightened, We are modernizing and expanding our fleet as we seek to consolidate our presence in the African airspace. This first fully-owned Embraer aircraft signifies our commitment to that goal.

Naikuni has stated that the new fleet will optimize fleet via releasing larger jets to manage regional and continental routes, which will facilitate enhanced customer services plus increase flight frequencies.

KQ now flies Embraer aircraft on domestic and short-haul regional routes like Kisumu, Entebbe, Kigali, Bujumbura, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Maputo, Gaborone, Kilimanjaro plus Nampula.

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