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.
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.
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.
part of its fleet renewal programme, KQ, has retired
some of its older aircrafts in readiness of the new
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.
Captain Irene Koki Mutungi flanked by KQ
Information systems Director Kevin Kinyanjui [left]
Alex Mbugua KQ Group Finance Director and KQ Inflight
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
the Dreamliner deliveries, KQ has also received three
Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts this year.
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.
Cockpit Queen Captain Irene Koki Mutungi at ease
on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner controls.
fleet renewal program also provides us with an opportunity to
maintain our edge as a globally competitive airline.
we are among the first twenty Boeing 787 customers in the
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.
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.