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Kenya Airways takes delivery of its first 777-300ER

US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it has delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to GE Capital Aviation Services (NYSE: GE) for lease to African carrier Kenya Airways.

This is Kenya Airways´ first 777-300ER and the largest airplane in the carrier´s fleet, providing greater capacity, range and improved operating economics for its long-haul operations.

Kenya Airways´ 777-300ER is configured with 400 seats, 28 in Premier World and 372 in economy, and features USB ports, power sockets and an all-new in-flight entertainment system throughout the cabin.

The airplane can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world´s most powerful commercial jet engine.

Kenya Airways is set to take delivery of a further two 777-300ERs, including an additional lease, as part of the carrier´s 10-year strategic plan dubbed ´Project Mawingu.´

The Nairobi-based carrier plans to increase its fleet size from 44 airplanes to 107 by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115. Currently the airline operates an all-Boeing long-haul fleet of four 777-200ERs and six 767-300ERs.

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