Momentous Kenya-America flight launched

Momentous Kenya-America flight launched

Kenya Airways launched sales, Thursday, for nonstop flight from Nairobi to NY due to start 28 October, this year.

The airline on Thursday started selling tickets for the inaugural and subsequent flights between Nairobi and NY.

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.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

The direct flight from Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the United States is set to create over 150 jobs at the airport.

The return flight will depart at 12:25 p.m. and arrive back in Kenya at 10:55 a.m. the day after.

"This new flight is opening a new chapter in the history of Kenya Airways", Kenya Airways Group CEO Sebastian Mikosz said.

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Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel.

"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.

Kenya Airways's attempt to operate this route represents a new frontier for airline travel.

"We canceled our flights to Hong Kong and Hanoi in order to have capacity to use the aircrafts to fly to New York", Mr Mikosz said. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.

Officials from governments in East Africa and aviation companies operating in the region have reacted enthusiastically to the fact that Kenyas Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has achieved Category One status.

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