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

Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018

Kenya Airways will operate a daily non-stop flight to NY with the inaugural flight scheduled for October 28.

The direct flight from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the United States is set to create over 150 jobs at the airport.

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.

Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel.

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

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The Airline's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz attributed the achievement to the dedicated and talented staff at the airline that work hard to provide the best travel experience possible for its guests. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

The direct flight plan is expected to instantly reduce by six hours, travel time between the U.S. city and Nairobi and further boost tourism and trade ties between the two countries. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours. As the offers connections to over 40 African destinations, those destinations now have the luxury of proximity to a transatlantic network.

Up until now, numerous carriers have provided one-stop service from all across East Africa to the U.S. Gulf carriers all do so through their global superhubs in Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours. With the route not due to begin until October, there is plenty of time to see how people, and even airlines, respond.

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