Kenya Airways says troubles easing after two Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8
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Kenya Airways says that its network is gradually returning to normal after it was forced to ground two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners due to a lack of replacement engine parts.  

On May 22, 2024, Kenya Airways confirmed that it had received the necessary engine parts to enable one of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to return to service.  

“This grounding was caused by constraint in delivery of engine components. Today, we are pleased to announce that we have received the necessary engine components for one of the affected aircraft,” a spokesperson for Kenya Airways said.  

The airline predicted the aircraft could resume passenger flights within the next 24 hours.  

News of the airline’s problems were made public on May 19, 2024, when the carrier admitted it was “experiencing some disruptions in our flight schedules, which are leading to abnormally high levels of delays”. 

Kenya Airways also said that the situation had been compounded by the unavailability of flight crews for some regional flights.   

The airline had expected that the aircraft issues would be resolved by May 21, 2024, but that timeline appears to have slipped in the last couple of days.  

On May 23, 2025, the airline thanked its staff who “worked tirelessly” over the past few days to readjust its network and schedules.   

Kenya Airways also apologized to customers for the disruptions but said that circumstances were “beyond our control”.   

According to, Kenya Airways has nine 787-8 jets in its fleet of 36 aircraft. 

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