Kenya Airways has become the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and US. With tickets already open to prospective passengers, the route is scheduled to go live on the 28 October 2018.
The connection will consist of a 15-hour flight duration eastbound, while the return trips will log 14 hours. To accommodate the long-haul flight, the airline is expected to assign four pilots and 12 flight attendants to the route, along with 85 tons of fuel each way.
Sebastian Mikosz, group managing director and CEO, Kenya Airways, said: “This is an exciting moment for us. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa. We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.”
The airline is expected to operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which boasts a capacity of 234 passengers.
The daily flight will depart from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. The return trip is expected to depart at 12:25, arriving at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.