NY firmly on radar as KQ opens ticket sales

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Good news as Kenya's national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), prepares to start direct daily flights from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in NY.

The Airline's Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Sebastian Mikosz attributed the achievement to the dedicated and talented staff at the airline that work hard to provide the best travel experience possible for its guests.

Direct flights to the U.S. will significantly reduce the time taken to move cargo between the USA and East Africa; from seven days to as little as a day.

"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.

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The carrier, which is 7.8 percent owned by Air France KLM, has started taking bookings for the flights to NY that will carry 234 passengers each way on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane.

The airline on Thursday started selling tickets for the inaugural and subsequent flights between Nairobi and NY.

"This is an exciting moment for us". It will depart Jomo Kenyatta airport at 23:25, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 the following morning, with return flights departing NY at 12:25 and landing in Nairobi at 10:55 the next day.

Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel.

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Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. From New York, flights will depart at 12:25 pm to land in Nairobi at 10.55 am, the following day.

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.

Direct flights from JKIA to New York JFK will reduce the time flight from 25 hours to about 15 hours. Kenya Airways also bagged the title Africa's leading airline - Business Class for the fifth consecutive year.

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