The Kenya Airways, starting October the 28th, 2018, will start offering non-stop flights to the USA with a new Nairobi-New York route.
Henk Graaff, managing director of destination management company SW Africa, said the new flight is fantastic news for Kenya as well as for the entire East African region and the continent.
Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways.
KQ chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, however, said both KQ and JKIA had received the critical approvals and added that the remaining requirements would be met as the airline sets up the route. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours.
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"This is a symbol of the comeback of Kenya Airways", Chairman Michael Joseph said.
The Dreamliners have capacity to carry 234 total passengers, 30 in premier world and 204 in economy class. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.
Then the US Department of Transportation issued the permit for direct flights on September 5, 2017.
Kenya is East Africa's economic hub but has suffered from the extremist threat posed by the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.
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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 flight is also expected to increase tourism in Kenya, with the USA being its largest source market for tourists.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.
The firm recently announced a Sh3.8 billion half-year net loss for the business but hopes various initiatives will return it to profitability.
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