Key update on Kenya Airways daily flights to NY

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Kenya Airways will launch nonstop daily service between Nairobi and New York JFK on October 28.

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.

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.

On Thursday, the national carrier began selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28.

"The flights will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound".

Kenya has in the past year been in the process of acquiring the requisite approvals from the US Transport Security Administration for the direct flights and the national carrier admits it will be a logistic intensive exercise.


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

Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz (centre) speaks during the launch of non-stop flight between Nairobi and NY.

Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.

Those booking early will be able to get tickets for as low as $815 (Ksh.84,000) with returns return tickets set to retail from Ksh.106,000.

Officials from governments in East Africa and aviation companies operating in the region have reacted enthusiastically to the fact that Kenyas Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has achieved Category One status.

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