East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

It will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and land in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day.

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

He added that the airline had confidence in the route, saying "we would not embark on this if we were not confident that it will work". "It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa".

"This is an exciting moment for us", Sebastian Mikosz, CEO and managing director of Kenya Airways Group said in a statement. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours. "We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa".

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, daily flights will help to spur business travel and improve trade between America and Africa. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

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Richard Quest reporting on Kenya's new aviation development

The service will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will traverse almost 7,400 miles of land and sea.

"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".

According to the carrier's officials, they have already been allocated a landing space at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Similarly, European carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and many more provide flights that connect through airports in their home countries.

Kenya Airways will offer its customers a unique travel experience between two great gateways. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.

"This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways".

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