Embraer has started negotiations with Kenya Airways to open the airframer’s second authorized service center for commercial aircraft in Africa.

The talks are ongoing and are expected to be concluded mid-2013, an Embraer spokeswoman tells Aviation Week. The center will specialize in E-Jets, she adds.

No other details were provided, although the center is likely to be based in Nairobi.

If successful, Kenya Airways will join Egyptair as the second African carrier to be selected as an E-Jet authorized service center in Africa.

Kenya currently operates two of the 10 Embraer 190s it has on order, while Egyptair has its full complement of 12 E-170s.

Egyptair’s Cairo-based service center, which is operated under a five-year agreement unveiled in February 2011, provides routine checks as well as scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, repair and overhaul service for Egyptair Express.

Like this center, Kenya’s is expected to be available to third-party E-Jet operators.