Kenya airways recently marked a great milestone when they launched a non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York.
Such a flight has seemed impossible for most airlines and particularly from East Africa to New York. The national carrier has already started selling tickets but the first flight is scheduled for October 28th 2018.
Despite the challenges that the airline has suffered over the years they seem to have bounced back quite well. They have been known to be the “Pride of Africa” as the airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.
The Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said:
This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.
With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.
The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. Its duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound.