SSPhoenix
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Kenya Airways To "double" Fleet

Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:12 pm

Hello,

Just read in the following article that Kenya Airwas wants to "double" fleet in 5 years:

http://atwonline.com/aircraft-engine...ays-finalizes-order-10-e-190s-0831

But more interestingly, KQ wants to source pilots from it's local talent pool:

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/C...leet/-/539550/1228432/-/1f9ebuz/-/

First of all, I don't believe in looking at fleet number alone, but rather with capacity as well- subtle but similar properties there.

Second, KQ is destined to have a fleet of leased 788, 77W, 77E, 767-300ER, 737/400/700 and E-190s. Looking at their recent order for more E-jets, looks like they want to tap into the new - but thin - markets within Africa into Nairobi.

Dare I say NBO airport is bursting at the seems during peak times ... I am not aware of any expansion plans?

Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.

[Edited 2011-09-06 11:13:28]

[Edited 2011-09-06 11:14:13]
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kaitak
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RE: Kenya Airways To "double" Fleet

Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:23 pm

Quoting SSPhoenix (Thread starter):
Second, KQ is destined to have a fleet of leased 788, 77W, 77E, 767-300ER, 737/400/700 and E-190s. Looking at their recent order for more E-jets, looks like they want to tap into the new - but thin - markets within Africa into Nairobi.

It looks like KQ is determined to challenge ET as the dominant E African carrier (assuming you exclude MS); the E-190 order is interesting in that it poses a challenge to ET; 190s will be far more economical than 73Gs on regional routes; yes, ET has Q400s, but E-jets will be more popular; I'd expect an ET order for a 100-120 seater at some stage, in response.

I'd also expect to see KQ challenge ET on routes from China to Africa, which is a growing market, because of China's huge investment in various African countries.

Also, the current 737 fleet is -7/800s; KQ did operate -300s, but never -400s.