Kenya Airways US direct flights set for Oct 28

14 January, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Terri Saunders
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Kenya Airways flight will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

It will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and land in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day.

Speaking while making the announcement in Thursday, Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said the airline will be targeting business and leisure travelers.

According to an official release, it is first airline company to operate a direct non-stop flight between East Africa and the USA.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

The flight will connect Nairobi, Kenya's capital city and one of Africa's busiest and business-heavy cities, to one of the world's premier business hubs, New York City, which has not been possible until recently. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction.

Kenya Airways's attempt to operate this route represents a new frontier for airline travel.

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15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.

"We are excited to announce the opening of ticket sales for the only non-stop daily flight from Nairobi to the U.S.", said KQ chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz.

The direct flight to the U.S. from Kenya is not the cheapest but the most convenient alternative to travel to the leading Western hub.

It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.

The onboard service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world's top 10.

Between January and October 2017 over 95,000 tourists visited Kenya, a 20 percent increase in traffic every year for the past two years.

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