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Kenya Airways Leases B777-300ER to Turkish Airlines

As part of cost-cutting measures and turnaround plan, Kenya Airways has signed a lease agreement with Turkish Airlines for delivery of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to be leased to the European carrier.

The Boeing 777-300ER has now been deregistered in Kenya and subsequently re-registered in Turkey.The sublease is part of the KQ’s Operation Pride strategy as it seeks to rationalize its excess capacity through sub-leases and outright sales.

This year alone, KQ has signed a sale agreement with Omni Air International (Omni) for two Boeing 777-200ERs and a sublease agreement with Oman Air for two Boeing 787-8s.

Both Boeing 777-200ERs have since been delivered to Omni and the first of the two 787-8s was delivered to Oman Air at the beginning of April 2016.

Kenya Airways GMD and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said, “It has been a long journey and we are happy to announce our plans are now coming to fruition. Subleasing and selling of aircraft will improve our fleet costs by over $7 million a month and is part of our strategy to turn Kenya Airways into profitability in the next 18 to 24 months”.

The airline plans to continue to utilize its Boeing 787, Boeing 737 and E190 fleets across its network in a more efficient manner and increasing utilization.

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