Kenya Airways has signed a 12-year lease agreement with General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for two Boeing 777-300 Extended Range (ER) aircraft.

The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which carries more than 78 passengers and has an extra cargo capacity of over 12t, will be delivered to the airline between October 2013 and May 2014.

Following the acquisition, Kenya Airways’ 777 aircraft fleet will grow to seven by the end of 2014.

The two aircraft are scheduled to operate long-haul routes including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Guangzhou and Dubai in order to maximise both passenger and cargo traffic.

The B777-300ER aircraft offers 300 nautical miles more range than the B777-200ER.