Kenya Airways Gets First Dreamliner

By Paul Riegler on 4 April 2014
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A 787 wingtip

A 787 wingtip

Kenya Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner Friday.

The Kenyan flag carrier’s 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington for a 7,800-nautical-mile (14,456-kilometer) non-stop flight to the plane’s new home at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways has eight more Dreamliners on order and the airline says that the 787 “will form the backbone” of its all-Boeing long-haul fleet.  The airline also has several Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on order and both planes are part of the carrier’s ten-year strategic plan to increase its fleet size from 44 to 107 by 2021 along with an increase in destinations served from 62 to 115.

The new 787 will be used on regional familiarization flights within Africa for several weeks before it debuts on the Nairobi-Paris route in early June.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one of the world’s most advanced airplanes.  Fifty percent of its primary structure is comprised of composite materials, including the fuselage and wing, and it uses 20% less fuel than older similarly-sized planes.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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