Kenya Airways launches non-stop direct flight from Narobi to NY

Kenya Airways launches non-stop direct flight from Narobi to NY

"This ultra-long haul flight requires ultra-resources and we are providing the best for our guests", Mikosz said.

An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

"The Nairobi-New York direct flight shows the determination of Kenya Airways remains to be the Pride of Africa", said Joseph.

The national carrier said it expected the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport to play a critical role in returning it profit making territory.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz told a media briefing in Nairobi that they will begin selling tickets for the inaugural flight on Thursday. "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa".

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours.

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The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

Operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers, Kenya Airways will depart Nairobi at 11:25 p.m. and arrive the next day in NY at 6:25 a.m.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, daily flights will help to spur business travel and improve trade between America and Africa. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.

Kenya Airways' entry into the U.S. marks for development to the East African tourist portfolio best known for its rich wildlife resources, with expectations to attract more American tourists to the region.

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.

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