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Kenya Airways to Take Back Leased Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s

As part of plans to expand route networks and return to profitability, Kenya Airways will retake possession of its two Boeing 787-8s and three Boeing 777-300ERs.

The two Boeing 787-8s are currently sub-leased to Oman Air while the three Boeing 777-300ERs are currently with Turkish Airlines on lease.

The leased aircraft will return to Kenya Airways between September this year and December 2019. One of the aircraft will deployed on the new Nairobi-New York service which will be launched in October this year.

According to the airline’s CEO, Sebastian Mikosz who spoke to Bloomberg last week, the returning aircraft will be used to launch up to 20 new routes in Africa, Europe and Asia over the next five years.

The airline had at various times in 2016, leased out the 5 widebody aircraft as part of restructuring plan to cut cost and debt structure as well as close the gap in profitability.

Kenya Airways currently operates a fleet of 7 Boeing 787-8s, 10 Boeing 737s and 15 Embraer 190s on to 53 domestic and international destinations.

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