Tickets for Kenya Airways first flight to United States go on sale

On Thursday, Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz said the direct flights from Kenya to the USA will also create indirect jobs for its suppliers.

On Thursday, 11 of January 2017, Kenya's National Carrier, Kenya Airways marked a great milestone in the history of the airline with the launch of a non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY.

Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights.

He said the flights will see Kenya Airways employ more pilots and more crew to facilitate the functionality of the new flight route launched. The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m.

"The US market has two core segments in which Kenya Airways is interested, corporate and premium leisure", said Mr Mikosz.

With the commencement of this route, Kenya Airways will become the first and only airline to provide nonstop service from East Africa to the U.S. The route will also be the 6th nonstop route from New York's JFK Airport to the African continent. From New-York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day. It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

American firms with a deep presence include IBM, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft and Cisco.

This convenient schedule will allow connections to and from over 40 African destinations through Kenya Airways hub in Nairobi.

The now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as of October 2017.

Also expected to reap from the flights include horticulture and flower exporters and manufacturers, especially textile exporters eligible to export to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) terms. The route, which is set to commence on October 28, would be the airline's first to the U.S.

The firm recently announced a Sh3.8 billion half-year net loss for the business but hopes various initiatives will return it to profitability.

It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.