Kenyan airways launch first ever non-stop flight from Nairobi to NY

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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.

"This is going to increase 2019 (revenues) by roughly 10 percent", Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz told reporters at an event to launch the new 15-hour route. This makes Kenya Airways the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.

Kenya Airways will operate two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route with daily flights. While an elated chairman, Michael Joseph, said the development was as a symbol of KQ rebound.

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Kenya's tourism sector also stands to benefit from the new route as America is one of the main source of visitors to the East Africa's largest economy.

It will arrive at JKF at 6.30am, while the return flight will depart at 1.30pm and arrive at JKIA at around 10.30am the next day. It will land in NY the next day at 6.30 AM.

The flight is scheduled to take 15 hours, a departure from the previous flight time of 22 hours including lengthy layovers passengers from JKIA had to cope with using connecting flights.

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The new long haul route is part of an effort to revive the airline's fortunes after it came close to collapse, leading to a $2 billion financial restructuring in November that included a government bailout which shrank Air France KLM's stake.

Kenya is East Africa's economic hub but has suffered from the extremist threat posed by the al-Shabab insurgency in neighboring Somalia.

The airline already serves Africa, Europe, Middle-East, Indian sub-continent and Asia.

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