Finally KQ to fly Nairobi-New York direct

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"This is an exciting moment for us", says Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz.

The airline will be conducting a daily flight between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Kenya Airways flight will be the fastest connection from East Africa to NY, with 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound and will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.

Flights will depart daily from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11.25 pm arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in NY at 6.25 am the following day.

Direct flights to the U.S. will significantly reduce the time taken to move cargo between the United States and East Africa; from seven days to as little as a day. The flight time is blocked at 15 hours westbound and 14 hours and 30 minutes in the eastbound direction. From New York, flights will depart at 12:25 pm to land in Nairobi at 10.55 am, the following day. Though the flight will take upwards of 15 hours, in some cases, it will afford passengers much more time at their origin and/or destination.

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The direct flight to the United States from Kenya is not the cheapest but the most convenient alternative to travel to the leading Western hub.

"We canceled our flights to Hong Kong and Hanoi in order to have capacity to use the aircrafts to fly to New York", Mr Mikosz said.

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

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".

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

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