Kenya Airways announces its inaugural direct flight to US

by Ben Pena Января 14, 2018, 0:07
Kenya Airways announces its inaugural direct flight to US

"This is an exciting moment for us", says Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz.

Kenyan airways have today launched first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY.

Kenya Airways will operate a Boeing 787-8 to New York JFK with a total capacity of 234 passengers and 16 crew members. It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day.

"The move will cut the flight time between the two cities by more than seven hours", he said, noting it will take 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.

The airline is counting on the tourism, with the U.S. being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.

Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph said that the flights will symbolize the comeback for the airline that has been making losses for the past few years.

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Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations. This development will most likely enhance trade, tourism and general customer satisfaction.

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

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

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.

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