Embraer Delivers 900th E-Jet to Kenya Airways

Embraer has delivered its 900th E-Jet, an Embraer 190, to Kenya Airways in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation, commented, “The delivery of the 900th E-Jet is a great achievement for Embraer, and we are very pleased to deliver this aircraft to Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s leading airlines, only eight years after the first E-Jets entered revenue service in 2004.   E-Jets were the first aircraft to change traditional thinking about 70 to 120-seat aircraft and revolutionising regional transportation by bringing more connectivity or frequencies to passengers, providing more flexibility to their travelling plans while improving the airlines´ operational efficiency.”
Dr Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways replied, “It is a real honour for Kenya Airways to be part of this highlight in Embraer’s history, by receiving the 900th E-Jet.   The E190 is a versatile aircraft suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent.   Given its mid-range capabilities, it ably supports our plans to fly new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones.   It affords our passengers excellent cabin comfort while enhancing operating efficiency.   This new acquisition brings the airline closer to our vision of flying to every capital in Africa in the next few years.”  Kenya Airways’ E190 aircraft are configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats: 12 in business class and 84 in economy. They feature individual screens for every seat, with in-flight entertainment on demand. This aircraft joins the airline’s existing fleet of 12 Embraer aircraft, comprising a mixture of five E170s and seven E190s. Kenya Airways has seven more E190 aircraft on order with a delivery each month between now and February 2013.   The aircraft are operated from its Nairobi hub.