Kenya Airways launches NY flights

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Rob Finlayson

On Thursday, KQ started selling tickets for the inaugural and later flights between Nairobi and NY price-tagged $869 (Sh87 000) for the early worms but said the prices would increase depending on demand.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours. The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

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

In September 2017, the airline was granted approval to operate flights in the United States by the department of transportation while JKIA in the same year was granted category one by the US Federal Aviation Administration after the airport upgraded its security features.

The airline's Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz on Thursday announced that a roundtrip Economy Class ticket will go for Sh89,000. "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa".

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

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways.

Kenya Airways introduces historic daily flights to the US. 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. Though the flight will take upwards of 15 hours, in some cases, it will afford passengers much more time at their origin and/or destination.

"The flights will substantially boost Kenya's global profile as a tourism destination as they will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business", she said. Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.

This comes after the airline KQ and the airport JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) got the required approvals.

Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.

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