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Coastweek-- Kilo Zulu Delta Kenya Airways fourth Dreamliner plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
All-Ladies Crew Deliver Kenya Airways’ 4th Dreamliner

Coastweek-- An all-ladies crew, led by Africa’s first black female Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified Captain, Ms. Irene Koki Mutungi, jetted into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) yesterday to deliver Kenya Airways’ fourth Dreamliner.

In a feat that will go down history as a first in Africa’s aviation industry, the Kenya Airways all-ladies crew assigned to fly in the new aircraft featured a Flight Purser, Cabin Crew ladies and a Load Master with the exception of a male first officer.

The wide-bodied plane’s delivery from the manufacturer’s- Boeing Corporation- Assembly Site in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States to Kenya Airways’ Nairobi hub, now pushes KQ’s fleet count to 37 planes in active operation.

As part of its fleet renewal programme, KQ, has retired some of its older aircrafts in readiness of the new generation deliveries.

As part of its fleet renewal strategy, Kenya Airways is in the process of taking delivery of five more Dreamliner airplanes from Boeing Corporation, to complete an order for 9 such aircraft.

Coastweek-- Captain Irene Koki Mutungi flanked by KQ Information systems Director Kevin Kinyanjui [left] Alex Mbugua KQ Group Finance Director and KQ Inflight attendants.

Globally, Captain Mutungi is highly regarded as the first black female pilot certified to captain the state-of-the-art super-efficient airplane that is fast becoming the darling of leading global commercial air operators.

On Thursday afternoon, at exactly 12:45pm, the fourth Dreamliner landed to a well-deserved round of public applause and ceremonial water canon shower by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Fire Brigade team.

On hand to receive Captain Mutungi and her crew was Kenya Airways Finance Director Mr. Alex Mbugua who acknowledged the historical milestone in the delivery of the aircraft.

“This is a historical moment for Kenya Airways as we have proved to the world and our aviation peers of our deliberate commitment to human resource development by providing an equal opportunity to our sisters,” Mr. Mbugua said.

“I look forward to a day in the near future when this aircraft will be managed by a 100 per cent Ladies crew, now that we have two first officers already undergoing certification training,” he added.

By receiving the fourth Dreamliner and with two more to go by October this year, Kenya Airways is maintaining its corporate focus on a strategic effort to renew its aircraft fleet to guarantee cost efficient service delivery.

Within this fleet renewal and turnaround programme, Mr. Mbugua confirmed, Kenya Airways has already received four Dreamliner aircrafts which have already commenced operations on the Nairobi-Paris, Nairobi-Bangkok-Hong Kong, Nairobi-Johannesburg among other routes.

Alongside the Dreamliner deliveries, KQ has also received three Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts this year.

“Besides enhancing our operational efficiencies and overall bottom-line, the fleet renewal program is expected to improve the customer experience especially in the wide body fleet,” Mr. Mbugua assured.

Coastweek-- Cockpit Queen Captain Irene Koki Mutungi at ease on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner controls.

“This fleet renewal program also provides us with an opportunity to maintain our edge as a globally competitive airline.

“Indeed, we are among the first twenty Boeing 787 customers in the world.”

Looking ahead, Mr. Mbugua reiterated that the airline’s fleet will be further optimized as outlined in the airline’s corporate development strategy code named; Project Mawingu, which is now on its third edition.

As part of the strategy, over the next 10 years KQ is implementing a plan geared at growing the fleet size, modernizing the aircraft equipment and simplifying it by reducing the number of aircraft types from seven to four.



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