He said the flights will see Kenya Airways employ more pilots and more crew to facilitate the functionality of the new flight route launched.
KQ Chief Executive Officer, Sebastian Mikosz also noted that the launch of direct flights will create indirect employment opportunities through its suppliers.
"This is an exciting moment for us". The return flight will leave NY at 12:25 p.m. and arrive in Nairobi the next day at 10:55 a.m. It fits within our strategy to attract corporate and high-end tourism traffic from the world to Kenya and Africa.
On Thursday, the national carrier began selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.
Kenya Airways (KQ) has released the tickets for its inaugural flight to the United States on 28 October. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.
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The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.
The direct flight plan is expected to instantly reduce by six hours, travel time between the United States city and Nairobi and further boost tourism and trade ties between the two countries.
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". This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts.
Those booking early will be able to get tickets for as low as $815 (Ksh.84,000) with returns return tickets set to retail from Ksh.106,000.
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.