The much awaited for, dreamed of and talked about possibility is at long last becoming a reality that will enable travelers from Kenya to the United States or from there to here travel direct without having to make over stop overs especially in European capitals before proceeding across the Atlantic to the States.
This is happening because Kenya Airways has already started ticket sales for its already planned non-stop daily flights to New York in the United States America unlike any other airline on the African continent.
The Airline started the initiative at the beginning of the year and today is a continuing process that marks a great milestone with the upcoming launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York later in the year.
According to the airline’s Public Relations Department the national carrier started selling early the tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28th this year to give customers enough time to buy them.
A statement from the department reads: “Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America. The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.”
It says that 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 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.
With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa. Mr. Mikosz says Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
He says 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 CEO says that the airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.
He says that from New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. Its duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound. This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually.
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10.
Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra -modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
The Airline celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa’s Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.