Kenya Airways has taken delivery of its first fully owned freighter—a new Boeing 737-300—for use in the growing African cargo market. The converted freighter has 20 metric tons of cargo capacity and is the first of four to be converted.

Kenya Airways posted an 18% increase in cargo volumes in the first half of last year.

The converted freighter will serve cities in eastern, central and southern Africa including Juba, Luanda, Bangui, Douala, Yaoundé, Kigali, Entebbe, Dar-es-Salaam, Kinshasa and Bujumbura. The freighter service will boost cargo capacity to some regional cities where the airline flies Embraer jets.

Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Titus Naikuni said the aircraft will “go a long way in enabling us to grow our cargo business segment across regional routes as well as increase revenue from cargo services, which will be a significant contribution to our bottom line.”

The airline plans to have 12 freighters in its fleet by 2022.