Tickets for Kenya Airways first flight to U.S. go on sale

Alicia Cross
January 14, 2018

Speaking while making the announcement in Thursday, Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz said the airline will be targeting business and leisure travelers.

The airline on Thursday began selling advance tickets to passengers for its maiden October 28th flight to JKF airport in NY.

He said the flights will see Kenya Airways employ more pilots and more crew to facilitate the functionality of the new flight route launched.

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.

It is said to be the first non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction.

He said: "Winning these awards would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Kenya Airways team and the strong support from our guests".

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Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.

The airline is counting on the tourism, with the U.S. being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.

Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the U.S. will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries. United States is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as at October 2017.

Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.

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