Posted on: 09 October 2012 by Mark Howells
Embraer has reached a significant milestone with the delivery of its 900th E-Jet, an Embraer 190, to Kenya Airways.
“The delivery of the 900th E-Jet is a great achievement for Embraer, and we are very pleased to deliver this aircraft to Kenya Airways only eight years after the first E-Jets entered revenue service in 2004,” remarked Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer president, commercial aviation. “E-Jets were the first aircraft to change traditional thinking about 70- to 120-seat aircraft and revolutionised regional transportation by bringing more connectivity or frequencies to passengers, providing more flexibility to their travelling plans while improving the airlines’ operational efficiency.”
E-Jets are in service with more than 60 airlines from 40 countries with four different types of business models – mainline, low-fare airlines, regional carriers and, most recently, scheduled tour operators.
“It is a real honour for Kenya Airways to be part of this highlight in Embraer’s history, by receiving the 900th E-Jet,” noted Dr Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways. “The E-190 is a versatile aircraft suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent. Given its mid-range capabilities, it ably supports our plans to fly new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones. It affords our passengers excellent cabin comfort while enhancing operating efficiency. This new acquisition brings the airline closer to our vision of flying to every capital in Africa in the next few years.”
Kenya Airways’ E-190s are configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats: 12 in business class and 84 in economy. They feature individual screens for every seat, with inflight entertainment on demand. This aircraft joins the airline’s existing fleet of 12 E-Jets, comprising five E-170s and seven E-190s. Kenya Airways has seven more E-190s on order with a delivery each month between now and February 2013. The aircraft are operated from the airline’s Nairobi hub.