Today, marks a great milestone for Kenya Airways with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York and tickets sales for the inaugural flight, scheduled for October 28th.
Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. The new route will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will be operating its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 23:25 and arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.
“The launch of this new route is a symbol of our [Kenya Airways] comeback as The Pride of Africa,” says Michael Joseph, Kenya Airways Board of Directors Chairman. “Fly with us with confidence. We [Kenya Airways] are determined to succeed.”
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America. 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.
The new route is expected to boost trade, spur growth in the tourism sector, and generate direct and indirect employment for Kenyans.
The introductory return fare is USD869 for Economy Class and USD2,499 Premier World.