The bulk of Kenya Airways’ aircraft are 96-seat Embraer 190s, which has pushed the carrier’s seats to just 123 per flight in February-August 2022. That compares to 177 with Ethiopian Airlines, 169 with EgyptAir, and 153 with Royal Air Maroc.
Kenya Airways’ 36-strong fleet
The Kenya flag carrier has 36 aircraft, comprising 34 in passenger configuration and two for cargo. They have an average age of 13.7 years, according to ch-aviation.com. Some 29 aircraft are active, defined as operating at least one flight since February 1st and cross-referenced with activity using Flightradar24. Its fleet comprises:
In the past 20 years, Kenya Airways has also operated A310-300s (withdrawn by 2002), Saab 340s (until 2008), B767-300ERs (until 2015), B777-200ERs (until 2015), B777-300ERs (until 2016), Embraer 170s (until 2016), and B737-300 passenger machines (until 2017).
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Over six in ten flights are by the E190
According to Cirium data, Kenya Airways has almost 37,000 flights in total between February and August 2022, of which approximately 23,000 – or 62% – are by the Embraer 190.
The aircraft have a two-class configuration, with 12 in business with 38″ pitch and 84 in economy with 31″. The first aircraft delivered was 5Y-KYP in December 2010, followed by two in 2011, six in 2012, and four in 2013.
A further two aircraft (5Y-FFL and 5Y-FFM) arrived in 2019. They are (were?) leased to Congo Airways. These have a different configuration (nine in business and 88 in economy). According to Radarbox.com, 5Y-FFM was used to/from Nairobi until August 2021, while 5Y-FFL last flew on December 7th, 2021, from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, to Nairobi.
Up to 2,540 miles (4,088km) by the E190
While Kenya Airways’ average route length by the regional jet is 546 miles (879km), there are some curious exceptions. The best of these is the long 2,540-mile (4,088km) link from Nairobi (NBO) to Cape Town (CPT). Depending on the day, these route via either Victoria Falls (VFA; Zimbabwe) or Livingstone (LVI; Zambia).
Nearly long-haul regional jet flights
While NBO-VFA/LVI-CPT is one-stop and therefore unfair, it is close to 3,000 miles (4,828km) – the point considered long-haul. It has a block time of up to six hours and 25 minutes, leaving Kenya at 07:25 and arriving in South Africa at 13:35 local time.
But neither NBO-VFA/LVI nor VFA/LVI-CPT is Kenya Airways’ longest non-stop. That goes to NBO to Mauritius (MRU), some 1,922 miles (3,093km) apart. Typically operating twice-weekly, it has a block time of four hours and 20 minutes in both directions. Although the route is longer by distance than any in North America, several exceed it by block time.
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Route Development Analyst – James lives and breathes route development. Educated in Air Transport Management at Loughborough and Cranfield, James was Market Opportunity Analyst at London Luton Airport and Chief Analyst at anna.aero. Now writing data-driven analysis for Simple Flying. Based near London, UK.
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