Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

Kenya Airways Announces Ticket Prices for its Direct Flight to the US

The national carrier said it expected the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport to play a critical role in returning it profit making territory.

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.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the United States will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries.

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.

Confirming the new trans-Atlantic flight schedules on Wednesday, January 10, Kenya Airway's chairman, Michael Joseph, said they will officially take off in October this year. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day. "We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa".

The flight will connect Nairobi, Kenya's capital city and one of Africa's busiest and business-heavy cities, to one of the world's premier business hubs, New York City, which has not been possible until recently.

He said that airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. As the offers connections to over 40 African destinations, those destinations now have the luxury of proximity to a transatlantic network.

Tickets for the flight can be purchased on the national carrier's website and through agents. Ethiopian Airways even operates a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Los Angeles, but that flight connects in Dublin. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

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