“As our fleet and route expansion plan gains momentum, we are excited to be receiving the Boeing 777-300ER. It enters into service in November and will be flying non-stop to Guangzhou in China,” said Kenya Airways group managing director and CEO Titus Naikuni in a press statement.
The Boeing aircraft has a capacity of 400 passengers, and can carry over 20 metric tonnes of cargo. It will also be the airline's largest aircraft ever.
Kenya Airways's already existing range of Boeing planes include 25 passenger aircrafts and two freighters.
The airline ranks among the best in the continent, and flies to over 60 destinations worldwide. It also carried over three million passengers annually.
The airline is a full member of the Sky Team Alliance, and the only African airline so far to have such merit.
Some of the plane’s features in the Premier World section include full flatbed seats with leather foot-rests, Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers, high quality in-flight entertainment and a 15.4 inch touch screen monitor for each seat.
The plane will be delivered to Kenya Airways at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by manufacturer Boeing.
Naikuni, the airline’s management, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure Michael Kamau will receive the aircraft upon delivery.
The plane will also be carrying humanitarian supplies from the US upon delivery, which are intended for the Alaskan Sudan Medical Project in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.