Kenya drops 767-400ER order for 777

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Kenya Airways has decided to stick with Boeing for its long-haul fleet, switching its 767-400ER order to the larger 777-200ER. The airline had commitments for the now-defunct 767-400ERX model, but had to rethink the deal when Boeing cancelled the project last year. Airbus submitted an offer based on the A330-200, but the Kenyan flag carrier has decided to remain faithful to Boeing, and has ordered three 777-200ERs for delivery from 2004.

"This completes the plan for our long-term widebody fleet," says Kenya Airways chairman Isaac Omolo Okero.

Last year, Kenya introduced three Boeing 767-300ERs, which are replacing the airline's Airbus A310-300s on its long-haul routes.

The last A310 is due to be retired next month, making the airline an all-Boeing operator.