Lufthansa (Frankfurt) starting on October 27 will resume flying to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The airline will utilize Airbus A340-300s to fly between Frankfurt and Nairobi four times a week in winter 2015/16 and five times a week from December 11. Flight LH 590 will leave Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub every morning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays (and on Fridays from December 11, 2015 to the end of January 2016) and will reach Nairobi in the evening after a journey of more than eight hours.
The return aircraft will take off from Nairobi as a night flight in the late evening and lands the morning of the following day at Frankfurt Airport.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 D-AIFF (msn 447) approaches the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is planning to phase out its Boeing 777s this summer as its new Boeing 787s will complete the take over all of its long-haul international routes.
According to Airline Route, the carrier is planning to retire its last Boeing 777-200 ER tentatively on May 18 on the Dubai – Nairobi route.
According to the same report, the airline is also planning to phase out its relatively new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The last flight is currently scheduled for September 26 on the London (Heathrow) – Nairobi route.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2U8 ER 5Y-KYZ (msn 36124) departs from London (Heathrow).
Sky Aero (flySkyAero.com) (Nairobi) started passenger operations on May 22, 2014 between Nairobi and Kisumu with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 operated by Pan African Airways. Flights to Mombasa started on May 30.
Update: The carrier suspended operations in September 2014 after its Air Operators Certificate (ACO) was reportedly revoked by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) yesterday (April 4) celebrated the delivery and flyaway of the Kenyan flag carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner. Boeing 787-8 5Y-KZA (msn 35510) departed Paine Field in Everett for a 7,800 nautical mile (14,456 km) nonstop flight to Kenya Airways’ home base in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
This delivery is the first of nine 787 Dreamliners set to join Kenya Airways’ fleet. The deliveries of additional 787s, along with 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, forms part of the East African carrier’s 10-year strategic plan called “Project Mawingu.” The plan is focused on increasing the airline’s fleet size from 44 airplanes to 107 by 2021 and destinations from the 62 to 115. Currently the Nairobi-based carrier operates an all-Boeing long-haul fleet of six 767-300 ERs, four 777-200ERs and one 777-300 ER.
Kenya Airways’ first 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally within Africa (Mombasa and Johannesburg) in the coming weeks, before beginning long-haul service to Paris (CDG) in early June. Currently the “Pride of Africa” serves destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. To date, more than 130 Dreamliners have been delivered to 17 customers worldwide.
Top Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. 5Y-KZA is beautifully captured at Paine Field near Everett before the delivery.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways. 5Y-KZA lands in Nairobi on April 5. CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni carries the Kenyan flag and walks towards H.E Uhuru Kenyatta for the hand over of the aircraft.
Jambojet (Jambojet.com) (subsidiary of Kenya Airways) (Nairobi) as planned, launched low-fare operations on April 1 between Nairobi and Mombasa. Service to Kisumu and Eldoret were also commenced on the same day with three leased Boeing 737-300s (from Kenya Airways).
The new airline will gradually expand to Arusha (Tanzania), Bujumbura (Burundi), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Entebbe (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) according to ATW.
The formation of lower cost Jambojet is a defensive move by parent Kenya Airways against any plans by Fastjet to operate in Kenya.
Top Copyright Photo: Jambojet. Each tail represents a different animal, specifically the Cheetah, Zebra and Giraffe. The the three leased Boeing 737-300s are pictured at Nairobi.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Jambojet. Captain Aquinas Birika and First Officer Wanjiru Gichaga make a toast after landing the first flight.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will launch its new low-cost no frills Jambojet (Jambojet.com) (Nairobi) subsidiary on April 1. The new carrier will fly from Nairobi initially to Eldoret, Kisumu and Mombasa with Boeing 737s.