Kenya Airways has from Thursday (today) began selling advance tickets for its inaugural direct flight to the United States slated for October 28th.
The airline on Thursday started selling tickets for the inaugural and subsequent flights between Nairobi and NY.
Kenya Airways flight will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
"This is an exciting moment for us".
The airline claims to be the first to offer direct services from East Africa to the US.
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 airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.
An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000.
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Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
Kenya Airways's attempt to operate this route represents a new frontier for airline travel.
Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.
However, ATW understands Ethiopian is not able to operate eastbound flights to the USA because its Addis Ababa Bole International Airport hub sits at high sea level (7,657 ft. above sea level), which reduces engine performance and requiring requiring a longer takeoff run, potentially exceeding the amount of available runway. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day.
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being 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.
Between January and October 2017 over 95,000 tourists visited Kenya, a 20 percent increase in traffic every year for the past two years.