Kenya Airways has unveiled the first ever non-stop direct flight from Nairobi to New York, becoming the first airline company to operate a non-stop service between East Africa and the United States. Kenya Airways’ entry into the U.S. skies is expected to attract more American tourists to the region.
Tickets are available today for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28 this year.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle East, India and Asia. According to the airline, the opening of the U.S. destination completes an essential piece for its network, cementing Kenya Airways’ position as one of the leading African carriers.
“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.” said Kenya Airways group managing director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz in a written release.
With the new service, Kenya Airways will offer the fastest connection from East Africa to New York at 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
The airline will operate its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi at 11:25 p.m., arriving at JFK International Airport in New York at 6:25 a.m. the following day. From New York, the flight will depart at 12:25 p.m., landing at NBO at 10:55 a.m. the following day.
This schedule will allow connections to more than 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways’ hub in Nairobi.