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

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz

The airline will start direct flights to NY in October.

The flight duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound and the airline hopes to capitalise on multi-national traffic. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in NY at 06:25 the following day.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

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.

KQ chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, however, said both KQ and JKIA had received the critical approvals and added that the remaining requirements would be met as the airline sets up the route. This means there will now be direct flights between Kenya and the US.

"The Nairobi-New York direct flight shows the determination of Kenya Airways remains to be the Pride of Africa", said Joseph.

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With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day.

15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

Jim Holden, president of Holden Safaris, said, "Safaris in Kenya are very competitively priced, and now with direct flight connections, the destination offers an even more attractive safari package".

The onboard service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world's top 10.

This comes after the airline KQ and the airport JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) got the required approvals. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.

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