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Boeing 787 Dreamliner, or simply Boeing 787, as operated by Kenya Airways is an American long-haul, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical three-class seating configurations. PHOTO - KENYA AIRWAYS

Kenya Airways to expand its international routes with Boeing 787-8

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways plans to expand its international routes to help grow passenger numbers and cargo revenues as part of its turnaround program.

Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of Kenya Airways, revealed that plans are underway to start direct flights to Beijing later this year when the new Beijing Daxing International Airport is opened.

"We consider this route expansion to be quite essential to our turnaround program.

"These new routes will play an important role in facilitating more business and tourism opportunities and strengthening Nairobi as the top business hub," Mikosz said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday.

This came after the national carrier launched flights to Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland last week, targeting the high number of tourists and business travelers on these routes.

Mikosz said Kenya Airways will this year see the return of its ninth B787-8 from Oman Air, as scheduled, to support the network expansion into Rome and Geneva.

He said the airline will operate the new routes four times weekly using its flagship aircraft Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

The carrier said it commenced direct fights between Nairobi and Malindi this week, the primary destination for most Italian tourists and also home to a large proportion of the Italian community in Kenya.


Kenya to host key global aviation forum in December

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said Friday it will host a three-day international aviation forum in December to discuss air services to and in Africa.

The 13th Routes Africa, an intra-Africa routes development forum, will be held on Dec. 8-10, KAA CEO Jonny Andersen said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Representatives from the world’s leading airlines, airports, and tourism operators will attend the event, the statement said.

"Kenya is the regional aviation powerhouse. Our geographical location gives us an advantage in connections to most international hub cities in world," Andersen said.

"Kenya’s centralized proximity to Europe, Asia, Middle East, Americas and the rest of Africa makes this a profitable aviation route," he said. "Our status as a trade and tourist regional hub also makes Kenya an attractive destination."

Routes Conference and Exhibition will be held in the coastal city of Mombasa.

"The forum will be an opportunity to showcase Kenya’s available facilities and attractions.

"We are proud to host Routes Africa 2019 and look forward to welcoming delegates to magical Kenya," Andersen said.



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