Kenya Airways Receive Second Boeing 767-300 ER

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Airways Monday received its second state-of-the-arts 767-300 ER passenger plane at the Moi International Airport in the coastal town of Mombasa, the local press reported Tuesday.
The plane brought the airline's Managing Director, Brian Presbury and senior Boeing Corporation officials, who accompanied the aircraft from the firm's headquarters in Seattle, US, via London.
Reports from Mombasa said Kenya Airways Chairman, Isaac Omolo Okero, received the certification of the aircraft from Boeing officials.
Presbury said the choice of Mombasa as the first destination of the 221-seater jetliner was intended to show the carriers recognition of the role Mombasa plays in the country's tourist industry.
Last month, Kenya Airways took delivery of its first luxury B767-300 ER for its long-haul destinations.
Officials said a third plane of the same brand and calibre is expected in July.
Presbury said the deliveries were part of a three-year fleet modernisation programme projected to cost 700 million US dollars.
Kenya Airways is said to be investing 200 million Kenya shillings (about 2.
6 million US dollars) on the expansion and transformation of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), as part of a project aimed at making the airport a regional hub by 2005.
The plan was devised soon after Kenya Airways signed a partnership agreement with Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) in 1996.
Through the partnership with KLM, the airline also entered into a code-sharing arrangement under which flight schedules of both airlines are synchronised to feed into each others' services.
Kenya Airways, which is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, is currently regarded as one of Africa's best performing air carriers with promising economic prospects.
According to its 1999-2000 annual report, the airline's passenger carriage between March 1999 and March 2000 went up 26 percent from 1,047,440 to 1,323,400, while turnover rose by 39 percent from 12,834 million Kshs to 17,840 Kshs during the period.
The company's capitalisation rose by 11 percent from 5.
516 million Kshs to 7.
264 million Kshs, while operating profits during the year went up by 77 percent from 949 million to 1,683 million Kshs.

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