Kenya Airways Celebrates First Steps of Nairobi-New York Flight

Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018

Looking on is chairman Michael Joseph (right) and chief commercial officer Vincent Coste.

Kenya's tourist marketers said Friday they expect the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the United States to grow as Kenya Airways prepares to launch direct flights to NY in October. It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day. The flight will fly overnight in the westbound direction- unusual for transatlantic flights-departing Nairobi at 11:25 p.m. before arriving at JFK at 6:25 a.m. the following day. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.

The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.

American firms with a deep presence include IBM, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft and Cisco.


Devan Jobanputra, director of Travel 'n Style in Kenya, says the direct flight will undoubtedly increase awareness and is likely to boost premium travel to the country.

Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations.

It is anticipated that the new form of easier travel to the United States will directly impact Kenya's economy through direct and indirect employment, as well as boosting trade between the two nations.

Kenya Airways was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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

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