KQ receives third Dreamliner

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According to eTurboNews, Kenya Airways has received its third B787-8 Dreamliner. The latest brand new aircraft is part of an ongoing fleet renewal exercise under which nine Dreamliners were initially ordered.

With a fuel saving of more than 20% compared to the B767-300ERs presently used by KQ, a longer range and a higher payload for passengers and cargo, these planes will progressively replace the aged B767s and add to the overall fleet size, catering to the two new Chinese destinations – Beijing and Shanghai – coming online later this year.

In 2014, KQ will take delivery of six Dreamliners, two additional B777-300ERs and two next generation B737-800s. Next year a further three Dreamliners and a yet to be confirmed number of other aircraft will join the fleet in Nairobi.