Kenya Airways to Use 737 on Rome Connection

Kenya Airways has introduced the Boeing 737-700 on its flights between Nairobi and Rome, the first time it has regularly used the narrowbodied airliner on its services to Europe.  The flight was previously operated by a mix of 767 and 777 aircraft and represents a significant reduction in capacity.  The route is served three times every week.  Kenya Airways is the only airline offering direct flights on the route, a market of around 9,000 O&D passengers in the past year. 

It resumed the service in December last year but there were suggestions that demand may not have been as strong as forecasted when it was suggested earlier this year that it could drop to just a single weekly rotation using a 777.  It is now at least maintaining frequency on the route, although passengers will face a 7 hour 35 minute flight to Europe and a 7 hour sector to Africa on a single-aisle aircraft. 

Kenya Airways notes, however, that the 737-700 will be replaced by a 767-300ER between June 12 and August 28 to cover the peak holiday period.


KQ120 NBO2350 – 0625+1FCO 73W 357
KQ121 FCO1110 – 1910NBO 73W 146


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NOTE: Schedule data extracted from Flightbase for week commencing April 14, 2011; Traffic data extracted from IATA BSP system for the year ending January 2011.