USA in 15 hours: KQ's maiden NY flight to cost Sh89,000

Gladys Abbott
January 14, 2018

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

KQ Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz also noted that the launch of direct flights will create indirect employment opportunities through its suppliers.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

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.

With effect from today, the national carrier will start selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28th this year.

Kenya Airways says its direct flights plan to the United States will see more than 150 new jobs created in additional to other economic benefits.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.

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.

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

"But we expect the destination to contribute up to ten percent of all revenue in 2019", Joseph said.

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.

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. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

The flight duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound and the airline hopes to capitalise on multi-national traffic.

15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.

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

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