Kenya open sales for NY flight

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz

Kenyan airways have today launched first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz told a media briefing in Nairobi that they will begin selling tickets for the inaugural flight on Thursday.

It is said to be the first non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

The carrier, which is 7.8 percent owned by Air France KLM, has started taking bookings for the flights to NY that will carry 234 passengers each way on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane.

The national carrier will be traveling direct from Nairobi to NY city.

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. From New York, flights will depart at 12:25 pm to land in Nairobi at 10.55 am, the following day.

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Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. The 15-hour flight will operate onboard a B787 Dreamliner, with 234 seats.

15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours. U.S. 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 was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda.

"The flights will substantially boost Kenya's global profile as a tourism destination as they will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business", she said.

It is anticipated that the new form of easier travel to the USA will directly impact Kenya's economy through direct and indirect employment, as well as boosting trade between the two nations.

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