Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Kenya Airways has officially confirmed that the delay in it receiving its Boeing 787 aircraft from Boeing has forced it to enter into talks with rival Airbus to purchase aircraft in the interim in order to keep afloat on its continued international long haul expansion plans. KQ is in talks with Airbus for A 330-200s only that can be delivered within 2 years.
I dont see the need for KQ to order 6-9 A 332s due to the delays with the B 787s as they could probably get a sweeter compensation deal from Boeing for brand new or 3-4 year old used B 763ERs from some where. This would help them cut down on costs as it would be detrimental having a wide bodied fleet consisting of 3 different types i.e. 777, 767 and 330! If KQ doesnt want B 763ERs, then Boeing should pitch some B 77Ls and lobby the U.S. Govt to allow KQ to fly nonstop to USA from NBO which it cannot do so now due to the FAA ruling which downgraded NBO as a CAT II airport. The B 77L can also fly nonstop to HKG and PEK from NBO as well!