Kenya Airways’ maintenance base at the Embakasi headquarters has received recognition from Brazilian Aircraft manufacturer Embraer as their 10th global service center and first in sub-Saharan Africa.
This effectively allows the Embakasi base to start maintenance and servicing of Embraer E-jets operated by other airlines in addition to the Boeing aircrafts it has already been servicing for years.
Aircraft maintenance is hugely profitable in Africa where few maintenance centers exist for major jet manufacturers. Embraer’s seal of approval allows KQ to source contracts from airlines in Africa and beyond seeking *EASA and manufacturer approved **MRO services.
The new-found status provides KQ with a new lease of life in the wake of the company’s financial troubles. In related developments, the airline’s CEO Mbuvi Ngunze dismissed rumors that the government was preparing to offload a major share package to a Middle-East investor.
*EASA- European Aviation Safety Agency **MRO- Maintenance, Repairs and Operations
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