After years of preparations and hard work, Kenya Airways has proudly announced it will be launching a non-stop direct daily flight from Nairobi to New York from 28 October this year. And the good news is: you can already book this historic flight in Amadeus!!
Says Mathieu Dutrisac, Amadeus GM for Eastern Africa: “This new flight will firmly position Kenya in the US market both as an attractive leisure destination and as an important business hub for investment. It is an incredible milestone for the entire East African region.”
“The new flight is opening a new chapter in the history of Kenya Airways,” Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz said. “It will be possible to have dinner in Nairobi and breakfast in New York.”
The new route is exceptionally good news for the 48 American companies that have their regional hubs in Nairobi.
But according to Mikosz, business travel is only one of the components of the new route, and it is expected that this flight will also considerably boost leisure tourism between the two destinations.
“The US market is the number one source market for tourism,” says Hon. Najib Balala, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism. He adds that before it would take travellers more than 20 hours to travel from Nairobi to New York but that’s about to change.
The new route is expected to cut flight times between the two cities by up to 7 hours with the airline saying it will offer the fastest connection from East Africa to New York with a 15-hour duration east-bound and 14 hours westbound.
Operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers, Kenya Airways will depart on a daily basis from Nairobi at 23h25 to arrive the next day in New York at 06h25. Return flights will leave New York at 12h25 to arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10h55.
This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.
The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.