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Jambojet’s newest De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft. It is first Kenyan airline to ever take part in an international exhibition. [ Photo / Business Today ]

Jambojet’s newest De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft was among 165 aircraft to be exhibited by leading manufacturers at the 2019 Dubai Airshow.

The aircraft, delivered in late October 2019, is one of the brand new aircraft Jambojet acquired this year to increase its capacity as it implements a regional expansion plan.

“We are delighted that De Havilland chose to showcase one of our aircraft,” said Allan Kilavuka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jambojet.

Best of the rest

This is the first time JamboJet is taking part in the airshow and also the first Kenyan airline to ever take part in an international exhibition.

“It’s a great honour not just to Jambojet, but to the country, and goes a long way in demonstrating our readiness to grow our footprint,” Mr Kilavuka said. “It also helps us enhance our credentials as a world-class airline, following the recent international awards we won.”

At least 1,300 exhibitors took part in the event representing all aspects of the aerospace industry including engineering, engine manufacturing, business aviation, and defense.

Largest airport

The Dubai airshow presents an opportunity for aircraft manufacturers of both civil and military operations to demonstrate their operations and technical capability to industry leaders and potential customers to facilitate successful global trade.

The biennial event takes place at Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as Dubai World Central. When completed, it will be the world’s largest airport with an ultimate capacity of more than 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

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