Kenya Airways launches non-stop direct flight from Narobi to NY

Kenya Airways Announces Ticket Prices for its Direct Flight to the US

Kenya Airways Announces Ticket Prices for its Direct Flight to the US

"This is an exciting moment for us", Sebastian Mikosz, CEO and managing director of Kenya Airways Group said in a statement.

Kenya Airways said on Thursday it will launch a non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY and has already started selling tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28.

The direct flight plan is expected to instantly reduce by six hours, travel time between the United States city and Nairobi and further boost tourism and trade ties between the two countries.

It will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and land in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day.

"The US market has two core segments in which Kenya Airways is interested, corporate and premium leisure", said Mr Mikosz. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.

This marks a major milestone for the airline and the country that has been seeking direct market access to the United States for over a decade.

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Other items include memory from avionics and personal electronic devices and specific parts of the aircraft structure. The Malaysian Airlines 370 flight disappeared on March 8th 2014 during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Kenya Airways' entry into the U.S. marks for development to the East African tourist portfolio best known for its rich wildlife resources, with expectations to attract more American tourists to the region.

The Dreamliners have capacity to carry 234 total passengers, 30 in premier world and 204 in economy class.

The U.S.is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as of October 2017.

Kenya Airways already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

The national carrier also said the new flight route to the USA will boost the country's economy as it would see tourism and trade rise between the two countries.

Between January and October 2017 over 95,000 tourists visited Kenya, a 20 percent increase in traffic every year for the past two years.

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