Kenya Airways CEO sees 10 pc income bump from direct United States flights

Kenya Airways named first airline to offer direct flight from East Africa to US

January 11th 2018 Kenya Airways named first airline to offer direct flight from East Africa to US

"Kenya Airways starts ticket sales for its non-stop daily flight to NY", the airline tweeted.

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner's each with capacity of 234 passengers (30 premier world and 204 economy class) with a crew of four pilots and 12 attendants will ply the route.

Direct flights to the USA will significantly reduce the time taken to move cargo between the U.S. and East Africa; from seven days to as little as a day.

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

The national carrier has already fulfilled one of the three requirements by the United States government to operate non-stop flights to NY city.

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"This is a symbol of the comeback of Kenya Airways", Chairman Michael Joseph said. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours.

"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", the statement announcing the launch of the ticket sales reads.

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. Kenyans and other travellers will be able to book early worm tickets for $869 (Sh87 000), the seats on sale for this price are however limited and the cost increases as bookings increase.

The announcement comes a day after the Interior Minister Fred Matiangi, Transport CS James Macharia and Tourism CS Najib Balala carried out an impromptu inspection tour of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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