By: JAMES KARIUKI
Kenya Airways will receive the latest 737-800 Next Generation airplane from the American-based Passenger airplanes maker.
Saying this is the 500th plane off its manufacturing line, Boeing said the Kenyan national airline had leased the plane from the airplanes leasing company GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
In a press statement, GECAS described the plane as advanced, reliable and efficient and would help Kenya Airways improve the level of service it provides to its customers.
GECAS is a world leader in aviation leasing with over 45 years of experience.
It offers a wide range of aircraft types including narrow-bodies, wide-bodies, regional jets, turboprops, freighters and helicopters.
GECAS President and CEO Mr Norm Liu described the delivery to Kenya Airways as momentous saying it was a major milestone in its 20-year association with Boeing.
“We are proud to take delivery of our 500th Boeing airplane.
“Boeing is a key business partner providing us with advanced, efficient and reliable airplanes that our airline customers need to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Mr Liu.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Ray Conner said Boeing was honoured to celebrate the delivery of the 500th Boeing airplane to GECAS saying their 20-year relationship would continue to blossom as GECAS’ grows it clientele across the globe.
The delivery is a thumbs up sign to Kenya Airways as it continues to struggle back on its feet after posting a Sh11.9 billion loss for the past six months.
Last week, in a meeting with investors, the national carrier‘s Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze expressed optimism that its recovery strategy was going on well and called for patience as his team goes about improving efficiency in its operations.
The turnaround strategy, Mr Ngunze said, would also see Kenya Airways open new routes with the direct US-Kenya flights planned for early 2016.
GECAS has taken delivery of a large portfolio of Boeing airplanes, including 57 777s, 30 767s, eight 747s and four 757s.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION