Embraer has delivered its 900th E-Jet, a 190 to Kenya Airways in a special ceremony in Brazil.
"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," says Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer president, commercial aviation.
"E-Jets were the first aircraft to change traditional thinking about 70 to 120-seat aircraft and revolutionizing regional transportation by bringing more connectivity or frequencies to passengers who can now fly when they want and not when it is operationally feasible for the carrier."
The aircraft, registered 5Y- FFC, will be operated on Kenya Airways' existing routes.
"The E-190 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," says Kenya Airways' chief executive officer Titus Naikuni.
Kenya Airways' E-190 aircraft are configured in a dual-class layout with 12 seats in business class and 84 in economy. The carrier has seven more E-190 aircraft on order with a delivery scheduled every month between now and February 2013.