KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has introduced the latest version of the Boeing 787-10 aircraft on the Amsterdam – Nairobi route.
The airline has embarked on a global campaign to phase out Boeing 747 from its fleet by mid-2021 in favor of the more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and state of the art latest version of the Boeing 787-10.
In line with KLM’s sustainability goals which include taking care of the environment, the company stated its commitment in driving a sustainable future for aviation.
“We have a proven track record and are continuously investing and innovating to make our products and processes more sustainable,” said KLM General Manager for eastern Africa region Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler.
The 787- 10 is one of the most sustainable aircrafts with 40-45 % more fuel efficient compared to the Boeing 747.
“We innovate with our customers in mind, with this Dreamliner, all cabins both World Business Class and Economy have been refurbished to give maximum comfort to our customers,” noted Arthur.
The aircraft features a smart design, larger windows and a spacious interior with the familiar KLM look and feel, designed in cooperation with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.
A mood lighting system ensures a natural transition between day and night. It has WiFi and USB outlets and in World Business Class power outlets with each seat.
These WBC seats are of a new generation; the full flat seats have direct aisle access and offer lots of personal space. Additionally, it produces less noise both internally and externally as well as less inflight pressure enhancing customers’ comfort, making it suitable for long-haul flights.
[The new Dreamliner 787-10 aircraft. Photo courtesy].
The move makes Kenya the second destination in KLM’s African region to receive the new aircraft after Tanzania in July this year, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the future growth prospects of Africa.
KLM is the first European carrier to fly this new type of aircraft, cementing its position as a pioneer in aviation. It has positively impacted the aviation sector in Africa and beyond.
At the airport to welcome the flight was KLM General Manager for Eastern Africa region Mr. Arthur Dieffenthaler among other guests.
“KLM has been flying for a century now, and half of that time, we have been flying to Kenya. The region remains special to us and is a strategic hub in Africa. As such, we look forward to the next 50 years and more flying to this exciting destination, famous the world over for its scenic beauty, unique culture, welcoming people and long history as the cradle of mankind,” said Mr. Arthur.
Based on its long history of being in aviation since its establishment in 1919 and cutting-edge technology, KLM has continuously invested in enriching customer experience.
“We look forward to exciting times ahead and we remain confident,” concluded Mr. Arthur.