It is said to be the first non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
"This is an exciting moment for us".
The US route completes an essential piece on KQ network which flies to various Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia destinations "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa". The opening of the United States destination completes an essential piece for Kenya Airways' network, cementing its position as one of the leading African carriers.
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.
Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction.
Flight time between Nairobi and New York will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours
Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph said that the flights will symbolize the comeback for the airline that has been making losses for the past few years.
The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will traverse almost 7,400 miles of land and sea. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.
Flight time between Nairobi and NY will be reduced from over 22 hours to 15 hours.
"First of all [the direct flight] is going to create more jobs in Kenya Airways because we will definitely hire more pilots and more crew".
Kenya Airways a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.
Officials from governments in East Africa and aviation companies operating in the region have reacted enthusiastically to the fact that Kenyas Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has achieved Category One status.