Kenya welcomes first Boeing Dreamliner

By Magdalene Mukami, Saturday, April 05, 2014

The airliner is the first of nine Dreamliner the Kenyan national carrier is to receive

The airliner is the first of nine Dreamliner the Kenyan national carrier is to receive

NAIROBI – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday personally welcomed the arrival of Kenya's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

"Our vision of a peaceful highly developed, borderless region is quickly becoming a reality in our region, fueled by our commitment to build first class infrastructure that will ease movement of people, goods and services," Kenyatta told a special airport ceremony.

He said the airliner would help Kenya achieve greater integration and foster economic growth in the region.

According to a statement released by the Airport, the new plane will increase the distance that the national carrier usually travels, in addition to providing more comfort for its passengers.

The new airliner will reportedly reduce fuel costs for Kenya Airways by 20 percent, with a 20 percent less carbon dioxide emission compared to other older planes.

The mid-size, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner is expected to begin long distance travel in July where it is set to reach Paris.

It is the first of nine dreamliners the Kenyan national carrier is to receive.

"The delivery of our first ever 787 Dreamliner not only opens a new chapter for our airline, but also for Kenya," said Kenya Airways chief executive officer Titus Naikuni.

"The 787 will enable Kenya Airways to explore new markets, improve its economic performance, provide passengers with revolutionary comfort, while continuing to contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa."

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