Kenya Airways to start direct flights to the US

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Kenya Airways will launch daily Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta-New York JFK services on October 28, becoming the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the US.

Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz (centre) speaks during the launch of non-stop flight between Nairobi and NY.

Travelers heading to the United States of America will from October 28, be able to fly direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport using Kenya Airways.

"We are excited to announce the opening of ticket sales for the only non-stop daily flight from Nairobi to the U.S.", said KQ chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz.

Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

The national carrier will be traveling direct from Nairobi to NY city. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours.

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.

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

Jim Holden, president of Holden Safaris, said, "Safaris in Kenya are very competitively priced, and now with direct flight connections, the destination offers an even more attractive safari package". Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.

Kenya Airways takes pride in being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.

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