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Kenya open sales for NY flight

Kenya open sales for NY flight

The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m.

It is said to be the first non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the USA will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries.

Confirming the new trans-Atlantic flight schedules on Wednesday, January 10, Kenya Airway's chairman, Michael Joseph, said they will officially take off in October this year.

The flight duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound and the airline hopes to capitalise on multi-national traffic. "We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa".

Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY.

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 direct flight plan is expected to instantly reduce by six hours, travel time between the USA city and Nairobi and further boost tourism and trade ties between the two countries. As the offers connections to over 40 African destinations, those destinations now have the luxury of proximity to a transatlantic network.

Each flight will be managed by a crew of four pilots and 12 flight attendants, with Economy Class ticket going at $869 (Sh 89,000), two way.

The airline was in September granted approval to operate flights in the US by the department of transportation while JKIA was earlier in 2017 granted a Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the airport upgraded its security features. Similarly, European carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and many more provide flights that connect through airports in their home countries.

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.

As aircraft ranges continue to grow and flights that weren't possible even a few years ago begin to arise, airlines are able to grow in ways never before imagined.

"This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways".


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