Kenya national carrier Kenya Airways has begun selling tickets for its inaugural non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York which is scheduled for October 28 this year.
The sales of the tickets has opened on KQ’s website as well as through travel agents. The airline will launch a daily flight which will connect Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York making it the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the US.
According to the airline’s management, the opening of the US destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways’ network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers.
“This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.” said Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
Flight time between the two cities is expected to be 15 hours when eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
Because of the ultra-long-haul nature of the flight which is unique to Kenya Airways network, it will require four pilots and twelve flight attendants as well as eighty five tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
KQ has designated its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.
The flight times have been set as 23.25 departure time from JKIA arriving at JFK at 06.25 the following date.
It is then set to depart JFK at 12.25pm and landing at JKIA at 10.55am the following day.
This will most likely increase connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Nairobi. With the US being the largest source market for tourists to Kenya, the direct flights are also expected to be a big boost for Kenya’s tourism.
Currently, a return flight departing JFK on November 1 and returning on November 18th to JKIA is going for as $863 inclusive of taxes.