It all started as a rumor that Kenya Airways are planning to have flights to the US last year. Well it can now be confirmed as true after the US security and transport authorities gave approval for the same.
This was after Kenya’s major airport JKIA received a category one statues by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the airport upgraded its security features.
Kenya Airways direct flight is expected to be happen between JKIA in Nairobi, Kenya and JFK airport in New York. A press statement released by the national carrier states that the flight will last 15 hours one way.
Tickets have already started selling for the maiden flight which will happen on 28th October 2018.
Advantage of the Direct Flight
Well, visits to East Africa have been quite a stretched journey with one having to connect a flight from the US with a layover in Europe or a Gulf hub. This is a journey that would last over 19 hours hence would create major jet lag due to the time difference in the different continents.
This is expected to be the fastest connection between East Africa and New York with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
The airline will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi to JKF airport hub in New York(+1day) and vice versa.
The flight will require 4 pilots and 12 flights attendants as well as 85 tonnes in fuel each way.
This being the first East African airline to have a direct flight to the United States, its major targets are the tourists coming to East African countries for a safari.
There are also many international offices here in Nairobi from the US who will benefit from the easy connection. This is also bound to further improve trade between the US and African countries.
The convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through the Kenya Airways hub.