Kenya Airways Celebrates First Steps of Nairobi-New York Flight

New York firmly on radar as KQ opens ticket sales

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

Travelers heading to the United States of America will from October 28, be able to fly direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport using Kenya Airways.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the U.S. will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa.

Speaking while making the announcement in Thursday, Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said the airline will be targeting business and leisure travelers.

"The flights will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound". Passengers on the flights - billed to be fastest connection between East Africa and the United States - will pay Sh89,000 and Sh257,634 introductory fares for an economy and Premier World tickets respectively. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day.

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.

Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights.

According to the carrier's officials, they have already been allocated a landing space at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Ethiopian Airways even operates a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Los Angeles, but that flight connects in Dublin.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. Though they are not known for luxury, extremely cheap tickets or any other differentiating factor, they are going to help passengers cut down on one measure that so often determines which ticket people purchase: time of travel.

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