KarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 11240 posts, RR: 33 Posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 24176 times:
The first B777-300ER for Kenya Airways emerged from the final assembly line in Everett. Delivery of the 2-class 397-seater (28 J, 369 Y) is scheduled for mid-October while first revenue service Nairobi - Guangzhou should start from November 19, 3 times a week. Plans to operate the aircraft to Amsterdam and London have been abandoned.
jayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 23967 times:
Good to see KQ modernizing its fleet.
Any chances that we see KQ starting routes to the Americas?
Their 767s need a urgent refurbishment. When last I saw the bird, it literally had some cables running under J class floor mats and it was clearly visible. It was later "stacked" under the mat by the cabin crew.
Anyways, the 77W proved to be a very successful aircraft. Congrats to KQ and Boeing!
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 19448 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 10): China must be much smaller. There's no direct air service between China and Kenya, compared to at least 7 carriers operating nonstop service from Europe.
Loads of cargo on this route. Kenya's usual export commodities outbound and of course the Kenyan business traffic importing various products inbound. 77W useful for payload. It is useful to note that Thailand is also an important route for KQ. The addon is either BKK-CAN & BKK-HKG. It helps with crew costs too. Ovenighting them in BKK for a double-banger the next day.
boeingrulz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 19224 times:
Decals are now used for most disigns on tails and winglets and they can be applied after the rudder is balanced. I don't know all the details but I know that is why you see airplanes coming out of the factory without full rudder disigns.
At the moment it is smaller, however there is a lot of trade between West Africa (Nigeria particularly) and China. It is quicker to China I believe via East Africa from Lagos, than through the Middle East. This is one of Ethiopian's key money makers as emphasised by them being the first international airline in the South East of Nigeria (traders and industrialist central).
Add to this that the Chinese is investing heavily in Africa @ the moment, so there is likely going to be very strong transfer traffic from the continent to China; the 2 East African carriers are best positioned to funnel this Traffic.
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SepulTALLICA From Niger, joined Sep 2009, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14430 times:
According to Titus Naikuni, KQ aims to exploit the growing China - Africa market using NBO as its hub.
If any of you have recently travelled on an intra-African flight either to NBO or ADD, you'd notice the very heavy presence of Chinamen on most flights and at both hubs. But, given the investment, particularly in terms of infrastructure, that Beijing has made in the continent, it isn't that surprising.
migair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 13798 times:
Quoting LondonCity (Reply 18): Does anyone know what seating layout will be adopted by KQ ? Will it remain 9 or 10-across in the Y cabin ?
28 Business and 369 economy, that sounds 2-3-2 in business and 3-3-3 in economy to me, otherwise they can fit up to 420 economy seats in 3-4-3 configuration, like Air france for example in CIO or EK in the 2-class B77W has 42 Business and 385 economy (3-4-3)
I think going for less seat arrangement will help them to uplift the extra bagagge that many of those pax will carry going to Africa, that´s a very good business for KQ in CAN and BKK specially.
IMO, right now KQ is real need for some new B787 to upgrade flights like DEL from B737 to B767 or B787 and also places like CDG, BKK or maybe some new destination like the GRU (that has been rumored for a while), or start flying maybe to PEK for example.
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 17): Did he say that recently? Seems like a long established strategy. Welcome to two decades ago
I think that has been the strategy for the many years now, but i´m not sure if they will are doing a good job with this, ET, QR, EK,TK are really pushing forward and I see KQ going down and not up, even NBO airport before the fire was so tiny for and old, they should have started building a whole new terminal and a new runway years ago.
eastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 766 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12738 times:
very nice news
At least one of the KQ wide body will have a "new car smell"
Quoting migair54 (Reply 20): IMO, right now KQ is real need for some new B787 to upgrade flights like DEL from B737 to B767 or B787 and also places like CDG, BKK or maybe some new destination like the GRU (that has been rumored for a while), or start flying maybe to PEK for example.
Agree. But still have to wait until March 2014 *hopefully*.
Quoting bmibaby737 (Reply 22): Do we have a construction number and registration for this one? I see it's should be 5Y-..FA
All KQ planes have a registration starting with "5Y-K" hence it might be 5Y-KFA
[Edited 2013-09-02 14:24:03]
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