Kenya Airways moving towards a 100% Boeing fleet

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The airline company Kenya Airways wants to part with its De Havilland and Embraer in favor of a 100% Boeing fleetas part of a cost-cutting campaign.

Based at the airport of Nairobi-Jomo Kenyattathe Kenyan flag carrier at its annual general meeting took stock of the past year, when its progress in terms of turnaround remained “in the line of sight”. ” Our restructuring and transformation efforts have increased revenue by 66% to KES 117 billion ($831 million), Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph said. A growth ” due to a significant increase in the number of passengers, which increased by 68% to reach 3.7 million customers, such as freight from 3.5% to more than 65,000 tons “, he specified.

One of the actions to return to the green in 2027 concerns the rationalization of the fleet: Kenya Airways will “very gradually” part with its thirteen Embraer 190 and of the seven Dash-8 Q400 of its subsidiary Jambo Jet, in favor of a all-Boeing fleet (she already operates two 737-700eight 737-800 and new 787-8 Dreamliner). Its 34 planes have an average age of 11.7 years, but that of the 737s is approaching 15 years, including the two 737-300SFs dedicated to cargo.

According to the CEO of the alliance company SkyTeam Allan Kilavuka, the withdrawal of regional aircraft will be ” in stages rather than quickly selling a portfolio “, in order to avoid any risk of ” overheated “. He added : ” Despite some headwinds, such as the 160% year-over-year fuel cost increase and the deteriorating dollar which impacted our direct operating costs, we are confident that the restructuring initiatives introduced in 2022 will enable the airline to succeed and achieve its recovery target by 2024 “.

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