Kenya Airways is set to commence daily flights between Nairobi and New York in October this year, marking a historic milestone for the national carrier that will cut the flight time between the two cities by more than seven hours. Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America which will last 15 hours. This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers.
“We are currently loading the flights onto our system. We shall go live and ready for bookings on Thursday,” said Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph in a telephone interview. “The launch of direct flights between Kenya and the United States will mark a significant milestone for the business and for the country.” Travelers will from 11 January 2018 begin booking advance tickets for the airline’s maiden flight to the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) where Kenya Airways has already secured a landing slot
The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The trans-Atlantic flights, scheduled to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 10:30pm every day arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:30 the following day. From New-York it will depart at 1:30 landing at JKIA at 10:30 the following day.
Kenya Airways, known in short as KQ, had announced its preference to operate the flights through a code-share partnership with US carrier Delta Airlines, its SkyTeam partner.
The government, KQ’s top shareholder, has recently stepped up its campaign to actualize direct flights to America, with the Uhuru Kenyatta administration anticipating it will boost exports to the US and help jump start the tourism sector. With about 100,000 tourists (for leisure and business) visiting Kenya every year, the US remains the top source of visitors into Kenya from the Americas, according to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) data.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The opening of the US destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways’ network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers. This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi. “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.” said Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
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