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

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The flight is scheduled to leave JKIA at 10:30pm every day, lasting for a duration of 15 hours - a significant reduction from the current 22 hours required for the journey.

He added that the airline had confidence in the route, saying "we would not embark on this if we were not confident that it will work".

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m.

Travelers heading to the United States of America will from October 28, be able to fly direct from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport using Kenya Airways.

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

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The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

"This new flight is opening a new chapter in the history of Kenya Airways", Kenya Airways Group CEO Sebastian Mikosz said. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. As the offers connections to over 40 African destinations, those destinations now have the luxury of proximity to a transatlantic network.

Each flight will be managed by a crew of four pilots and 12 flight attendants, with Economy Class ticket going at $869 (Sh 89,000), two way.

Tickets for the flight can be purchased on the national carrier's website and through agents. Ethiopian Airways even operates a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Los Angeles, but that flight connects in Dublin. Though they are not known for luxury, extremely cheap tickets or any other differentiating factor, they are going to help passengers cut down on one measure that so often determines which ticket people purchase: time of travel.

"This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways".

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