NY firmly on radar as KQ opens ticket sales

NY firmly on radar as KQ opens ticket sales

NY firmly on radar as KQ opens ticket sales

"This is an exciting moment for us", Sebastian Mikosz, CEO and managing director of Kenya Airways Group said in a statement.

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

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

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

Kenya's tourism sector also stands to benefit from the new route as America is one of the main source of visitors to the East Africa's largest economy.

The flight duration is 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

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15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours.

Prior to the announcement of the new flight, Kenya and Kenya Airways went through stringent assessments before achieving Category 1 status for safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a requirement for direct flights to the U.S.

The direct flight to the U.S. from Kenya is not the cheapest but the most convenient alternative to travel to the leading Western hub. 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 United States will grow. 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.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia. The route, which is set to commence on October 28, would be the airline's first to the U.S.

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

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