Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

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"First of all [the direct flight] is going to create more jobs in Kenya Airways because we will definitely hire more pilots and more crew".

With effect from today, the national carrier will start selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28th this year.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

Kenya Airways will become the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

According to the loss-making national carrier, the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport will play a critical role in returning it to profitability adding that the airline's revenues from the route had the potential to increase its earnings by 10 per cent in the course of 2019.

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Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction.

The US route completes an essential piece on KQ network which flies to various Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia destinations "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa". Though the flight will take upwards of 15 hours, in some cases, it will afford passengers much more time at their origin and/or destination.

The aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will leave the Nairobi airport at 11.25 pm daily and reach John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the next day.

Kenya Airways' entry into the United States marks for development to the East African tourist portfolio best known for its rich wildlife resources, with expectations to attract more American tourists to the region. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.