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Kenya Airways (KQ) took delivery of its third new Embraer 190, as part of an order for five of the type placed last year. KQ received the first E-190 in December 2010 and the second one joined the fleet in June; the fourth aircraft is expected to touch down at Jomo Kenyatta International in a few weeks.
Earlier this month, Embraer and KQ finalized the contract for the acquisition of 10 E-190 jets and purchase rights for 16 E-Jet family aircraft. KQ is in the midst of an ambitious fleet modernization to support its aggressive network expansion strategy to fly to all African capital cities by the end of 2013.
“With our route network expansion firmly on course, the addition of a new aircraft into the fleet is quite timely,” said KQ Group MD and CEO Titus Naikuni. “The combination of the E-170 and E-190 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.”
KQ’s E-190s are configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats, comprising 12 in business class and 84 in economy. All seats are equipped with inflight entertainment systems with individual touch screens.