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Finally KQ to fly Nairobi-New York direct

Finally KQ to fly Nairobi-New York direct

He said that airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000. "We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa".

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

Prior to the announcement of the new flight, Kenya and Kenya Airways went through stringent assessments before achieving Category 1 status for safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a requirement for direct flights to the U.S.

With the commencement of this route, Kenya Airways will become the first and only airline to provide nonstop service from East Africa to the U.S. The route will also be the 6th nonstop route from New York's JFK Airport to the African continent.

"The flights will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound". 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.




This even as the airline and JKIA await the necessary approvals by the USA security and transport authorities, including designation of the airport as a last point of departure and the airline receiving air operator certification.

The chief executive noted the USA is Kenya's top tourist source market, with 95,771 people having visited between January and Oct 2017.

"It will generate jobs, boost trade and stimulate tourism into Kenya".

Kenya Airways was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda. He says the new route will return the airline into profitability.

Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations.

The firm recently announced a Sh3.8 billion half-year net loss for the business but hopes various initiatives will return it to profitability.


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