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Kenya Airways to inaugurate East Africa New York connection

Kenya Airways DreamlinerKenya Airways has opened reservations for an inaugural route linking East Africa to New York City and the US. The first flight from Nairobi is due to take off on the 28 October 2018. The airline will utilise state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners to serve the route.

The aircraft are configured to accommodate 234 passengers. Flights will operate daily and the outbound flight will depart Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport at 23:25. Arrival time at JF Kennedy Airport in New York is 06:25 the following morning. The return services are scheduled for takeoff at 12:25 and will land back in Nairobi 10:55 the next day.

The times quoted above are local. Actual flying time is between 14 and 15 hours on each leg. Jomo Kenyatta Airport is Kenya Airways’ hub and offers inbound passengers from the US streamlined connections to around 40 destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Speaking at the launch of ticket sales for the US connection last week, CEO Sebastian Mikosz said forecasts had indicated it would increase profits by 10 per cent in 2019. He said it would also create up to 150 jobs for pilots and cabin staff as each flight would be manned by a 16-strong crew.

Kenya Airways has opened bookings for 85,000 seats and says load factors are expected to be around 75-80 per cent for the initial year of operations. Cost may be a consideration for travellers as the lowest price for a return ticket at around the US$870 (£630) mark is quite a bit higher than flying the same route via the Middle East. The advantage of Kenya Airways is flights are non-stop.

Kenya Airways Dreamliner

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