NAIROBI– Kenya Airways and Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer SA, have organized a demonstration here to showcase the capabilities of Embraer’s E190-E2 passenger jetliner.
The demonstration flight and static display in Nairobi Thursday came hot on the heels of an exciting performance at Britain’s 2018 Farnborough Airshow, which ended last week, and a surprise first landing at London’s City Airport.
Billed as the world’s quietest and most efficient passenger jet in its segment, the Embraer aircrafft was welcomed by a large group of Kenya’s aviation community, including Kenya Airways’ senior management, engineers, pilots and cabin crew.
The group also included senior Kenyan aviation officials, government officials, the African Aviation Association Secretary-General, Abderahmane Berthe, and the Brazilian Ambassador to Kenya, Fernando Coimbra.
The debut of the E190-E2 in Nairobi is a landmark moment in our long-term and successful relationship with Kenya Airways, said Raul Villaron, the Vice-President for Africa and Middle East for Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The E190-E2 cuts fuel burn by more than 17 per cent and is the quietest passenger jet in the world today, both inside the cabin and out; delivering significant cost efficiencies for airlines and an improved passenger experience.
We have had good commercial ties with Embraer since we acquired our first Embraer E190 in 2010. We have used these planes for the past eight years to boost our fleet and have been very useful in servicing new routes and frequencies in our growing African network, said Jan de Vegt, the Chief Operating Officer of Kenya Airways.
Kenya Airways currently operates 15 Embraer E190s, making it the largest E190 operator in Africa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK