Kenya Airways (KQ) will from October 28th 2018 make daily flights from Nairobi to NY.
Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the airline will rely on tourism and business players to sustain the flights. He says the new route will return the airline into profitability.
The national carrier said it expected the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport to play a critical role in returning it profit making territory.
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An economy ticket to fly to NY direct aboard Kenya Airways starting October 28 will set you back Sh89,000. While an elated chairman, Michael Joseph, said the development was as a symbol of KQ rebound.
"We would not embark on this if we were not confident that it will work. It will be profitable for us".
The airline was in September granted approval to operate flights in the US by the department of transportation while JKIA was earlier in 2017 granted a Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the airport upgraded its security features. What was pending was approval of the Air Service Licence and Air Operation Licence from the USA authorities which has been granted. He said the U.S.is already Kenya's top source market with over 100,000 arrivals per year, and that number is expected to increase.
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The flight is scheduled to take 15 hours, a departure from the previous flight time of 22 hours including lengthy layovers passengers from JKIA had to cope with using connecting flights. "It will be possible to have dinner in Nairobi and breakfast in NY".
With the commencement of this route, Kenya Airways will become the first and only airline to provide nonstop service from East Africa to the U.S. The route will also be the 6th nonstop route from New York's JFK Airport to the African continent.
Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.
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