Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1740 times:
Kenya Airways, one of Africa's most successful and popular airlines has finally broken Boeing's 767-400ER sales drought by ordering 3 B767-400ERs and as the same time ordering 2 B737-700s with Winglets (maybe these will be redesignated the B737-700ER?)
Kenya Airways is only the 3rd airline to order the B767-400 and is the first non-US customer. This is an important breakthrough for Boeing as the 767-400 has failed to secure any new airline customers since launch, ILFC and GECAS have actually cancelled orders.
The new 767-400 will fly alongside the 767-300s that Kenya Airways is leasing from KLM, and will fly prime Intercontinental routes to cities like London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
First deliveries will be in May 2004, the first 737-700 will arrive in December 2002. The 767-400 will seat CY259 and the 767-300 CY211, the 767-400 will feature personal TVs in every seat (A first for an African airline?)
The deal makes Kenya Airways the first airline to actually order the 737NG with winglets!
The 767s will have the new interior, based on that of the 777, which looks very good.
There's a picture of the 767-400 and 737NG Winglets in Kenya Airways livery on the frontpage of boeing.com.
Kenya Airways already have a modern fleet, in a couple of years they will put many large western carriers to shame!
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1643 times:
Just going on the picture on the frontpage of
Since the planes won't be delivered until the end of 2002 (ie 3 years away) I'm sure they will be offered on the 73G by then - nothing was mentioned about them in the Boeing press release however!
I believe Kenya Airways, like SAA will eventually want winglets on it's 737-700s to get some extra range out of them. As you know, in Africa there are relatively few passengers and it is a huge continent, with long stage lengths. The 737-700 is a perfect plane for long-thin routes with Kenya Airways plans to use it on, this is also bourne out by the aircraft having full audio/visulal IFE systems, unlike the short-haul 737-300s
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
You're absolutely right, they have been removed from the photo!
However, they may well be added as a 737-700 option later which Kenya Airways may take up. In anycase, I remember reading that the winglets can even be retrofitted to aircraft already in service - Boeing will have to decide in the 737-700s wing is strong enough for winglets (The BBJ is -700 length with -800 wings)