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Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

14 January 2018, 12:51 | Austin Hogan

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Kenya Airways, leading African airline has recently unveiled the non-stop direct flight from Nairobi to NY.

Direct flights to the USA will significantly reduce the time taken to move cargo between the United States and East Africa; from seven days to as little as a day.

"The move will cut the flight time between the two cities by more than seven hours", he said, noting it will take 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

The return flight will depart at 12:25 p.m. and arrive back in Kenya at 10:55 a.m. the day after.

With more than 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa. The airline says it hopes the new route to the United States will stimulate trade between the two nations.

KQ chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, however, said both KQ and JKIA had received the critical approvals and added that the remaining requirements would be met as the airline sets up the route.

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Kenya Airways was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day.

"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".

The national carrier has over the past one year reorganised its routes in a bid to free up capacity to fly direct to the US. Ethiopian Airways even operates a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Los Angeles, but that flight connects in Dublin.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways.

Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours. Kenya Airways is hoping to open up an entirely new market, and they have a lot going for them.

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