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Fleet Renewal: Kenya Airways Eyes Bombardier and Embraer Order

Kenya Airways is interested in the Bombardier CSeries or Embraer E2 jet for a short-haul order of 15-20 aircraft, with a decision possibly coming at the end of the year, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday.

“The performance of the CSeries has to be studied,” Sebastian Mikosz said on the sidelines of the annual IATA airlines meeting in Sydney, adding he had been inspired by Air Baltic’s order of up to 60 CS300 jets.

However, Mikosz said that one of the issues was the availability of maintenance for the CSeries in Africa, but that with EgyptAir having placed an order and Ethiopian Airlines studying the jet, that could change the case.

Bombardier is expected to close within days a deal to sell control of the CSeries program to Europe’s Airbus.

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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