Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018
13 January, 2018, 06:25
Kenya Airways will launch nonstop daily service between Nairobi and New York JFK on October 28.
It is said to be the first non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
The aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will leave the Nairobi airport at 11.25 pm daily and reach John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the next day.
The national carrier has already fulfilled one of the three requirements by the United States government to operate non-stop flights to NY city.
Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours.
The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
The Airline's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz attributed the achievement to the dedicated and talented staff at the airline that work hard to provide the best travel experience possible for its guests.
Kenya Airways was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda. The flight will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 2325 and arrive at JFK airport in NY at 0625 the following day. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.
Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.
Mikosz said business class customers will pay Sh257,634 both ways and that the tickets will be subject to government approval.
Kenya Airways has opened ticket sales on its website after ditching earlier plans to use a code share deal with partners on Sky Team to operate the Nairobi, New York route.
Kenya Airways will be using its vast African connecting routes to pull passengers to fly direct to the US.
This comes after the airline KQ and the airport JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) got the required approvals.
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