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East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

Kenya Airways to launch first US services in October 2018

"This ultra-long haul flight requires ultra-resources and we are providing the best for our guests", Mikosz said.

The national carrier has already fulfilled one of the three requirements by the United States government to operate non-stop flights to NY city.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

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.

According to the loss-making national carrier, the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport will play a critical role in returning it to profitability adding that the airline's revenues from the route had the potential to increase its earnings by 10 per cent in the course of 2019. From New York, flights will depart at 12:25 pm to land in Nairobi at 10.55 am, the following day.

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner's each with capacity of 234 passengers (30 premier world and 204 economy class) with a crew of four pilots and 12 attendants will ply the route. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.

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.

Jim Holden, president of Holden Safaris, said, "Safaris in Kenya are very competitively priced, and now with direct flight connections, the destination offers an even more attractive safari package".

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.

Kenya Airways takes pride in being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.