NAIROBI, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said Wednesday it is due to receive one of the largest aircraft, Boeing 777-300ER later this week as it boosts its fleet to meet increased route expansion.
The airline's CEO Titus Naikuni said the aircraft which has a seating capacity of 400 and long-range flying capability will also offer brilliant passenger experience.
Kenya Airways, one of the most successful airlines in Africa has been strengthening its long haul capability, paving way for the introduction of new continental routes.
The CEO said the new 777-300ER which will be delivered in Nairobi on Friday will join the already existing range of Boeing planes in the airline's fleet, which includes 25 passenger aircraft and two freighters.
As our fleet and route expansion plan gains momentum, we are excited to receive the Boeing 777-300ER. It will enter into service in November and fly nonstop to Guangzhou in China, Naikuni said.
The move comes as the national carrier plans to launch direct flights in November to China's commercial city of Guangzhou to reap from the growing Sino-Africa relations.
The nonstop thrive a week flight which will commence in Nov. 19 on its Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced between Nairobi and Guangzhou, China.
Naikuni said the Asian nation has emerged as a key trading partner for Africa, adding that Kenya Airways' planned flights to Guangzhou will build on this connection.
The latest acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircraft by 2021, with destinations from the current 62 to 115.
The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the first of which is to be delivered in early 2014.