Representatives from Embraer met
with some 30 employees of Kenya Airways on September 24 and 25 in a “knowledge
exchange” to better understand the issues facing each company. For two days, discussions and presentations
focused on market strategy, maintenance and operations, revenue management and
profit analysis. The meetings were an
opportunity for the airline to learn about global E-Jet operations and for
Embraer to learn about the particulars of the Kenya and African markets.
Mr. Titus Naikuni, KQ’s CEO, and
Mr. Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, participated
in the workshops and talked about industry trends. The program at KQ is one way in which Embraer
is continually working with its customers to ensure their aircraft are
performing at their best.
KQ is preparing to receive one
more E190, its 20th, which will bring the fleet to 5 E170s and 15 E190s. KQ is the largest airline in Africa and
serves 33 cities. Its E-Jets are a
critical part of the carrier’s objective to link Nairobi with all the capital
cities on the continent in 2014. Many of
those city pairs are long, including Nairobi-Johannesburg where, today, you
will find the E190 flying nonstop on the 2,900 km route.
Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation, updated KQ participants on market trends and activities at Embraer.