To the delight of travel pros, Kenya Airways launching NY service

Marcus Newton
January 14, 2018

Operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers, Kenya Airways will depart Nairobi at 11:25 p.m. and arrive the next day in NY at 6:25 a.m. The 15-hour flight will operate onboard a B787 Dreamliner, with 234 seats. The flight will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 2325 and arrive at JFK airport in NY at 0625 the following day.

Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said the new service "fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa".

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

This marks a major milestone for the airline and the country that has been seeking direct market access to the United States for over a decade. The announcement cements Kenya as a top investment hub in East Africa and firmly positions JKIA as the region's aviation hub.

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.

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

Kenya Airways will be using its vast African connecting routes to pull passengers to fly direct to the US.

The chief executive noted the United States is Kenya's top tourist source market, with 95,771 people having visited between January and Oct 2017. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chief executive officer, Dr Betty Radier, welcomed the development saying anticipation is high the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the USA will grow.

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia. The airline says it hopes the new route to the USA will stimulate trade between the two nations.

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