Key update on Kenya Airways daily flights to NY

14 January, 2018, 00:07 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The Airline's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz attributed the achievement to the dedicated and talented staff at the airline that work hard to provide the best travel experience possible for its guests.

The airline will be conducting a daily flight between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will traverse almost 7,400 miles of land and sea.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, daily flights will help to spur business travel and improve trade between America and Africa. The flight will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 2325 and arrive at JFK airport in NY at 0625 the following day.

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. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.

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Tour operators say that the flight marks a milestone for the entire region and is expected to considerably boost travel from the U.S.

The U.S.is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as of October 2017. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chief executive officer, Dr Betty Radier, welcomed the development saying anticipation is high the number of tourists visiting Kenya from the U.S. will grow.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the United States will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries.

Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY.

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