, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – An economy ticket to fly to New York direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000.
A business class ticket on the other hand retails for about Sh258,000.
The prices were released on Thursday when KQ launched the inaugural sale.
“Kenya Airways starts ticket sales for its non-stop daily flight to New York,” the airline tweeted.
There will be daily flights to and from the Big Apple starting on October 28.
“The airline will operate 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 hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day.”
The flight duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound and the airline hopes to capitalise on multi-national traffic.
“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,” the statement announcing the launch of the ticket sales reads.
The announcement comes a day after the Interior Minister Fred Matiangi, Transport CS James Macharia and Tourism CS Najib Balala carried out an impromptu inspection tour of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya has in the last year been in the process of acquiring the requisite approvals from the US Transport Security Administration for the direct flights and the national carrier admits it will be a logistic intensive exercise.
“The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.”
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline in the region to offer direct flights to the United States.