Kenya Airways (KQ) will from October 28th 2018 make daily flights from Nairobi to NY.
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
"We canceled our flights to Hong Kong and Hanoi in order to have capacity to use the aircrafts to fly to New York", Mr Mikosz said.
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. "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa". The 15-hour flight will operate onboard a B787 Dreamliner, with 234 seats. The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.
With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, daily flights will help to spur business travel and improve trade between America and Africa.
Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph said that the flights will symbolize the comeback for the airline that has been making losses for the past few years.
15 hours-A reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours. Indications of the direct flights could be allowed came to light in February previous year when Kenya was granted Category One status after officials from the US Federal Aviation Administration gave approval for non-stop direct flights between the two countries.
The airline is counting on the tourism, with the USA being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.