By Benson Ninai
Kenya has now entered the league of the 8 African countries that have been accredited by US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to have direct flights to the US which are Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Cape verde.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Flagged off the direct flight which he said open up Kenya to the rest of the world. “These flights are set to provide a seamless experience for business and leisure travellers alike. It will allow the world to taste Kenya’s diverse cultures and hospitality,” he said.
The flight left JKIA-Nairobi at 11:20 pm expected to touch down at the JF Kennedy International airport Monday at 1:25pm local time. Flight will shave off seven hours from current flight duration of 22hours.
The dream liner which has a capacity of 234 passengers and it will be the first to offer non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
The flight will require 4 pilots and 12 flight attendants. John F. Kennedy International Airport which has more than 80 airlines which operate their domestic and international flights out of this busy Queens airport, which was renamed in 1963 after the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Opened in the 1940s (it was originally called Idle wild Airport), JFK boasts four runways, eight terminals and more than 150 gates, employing approximately 35,000 people and contributing nearly $30.1 billion dollars in economic activity to New Jersey and New York each year.
Kenya Airways will now hence fourth offer daily flight to and from network at a return ticket of from Nairobi to New York currently starts at 66,560 according to Kenya Airways website. The plane uses 85 tones of fuel each way. Though categorized both as non-stop and Direct, the flight can make stop overs to refuel or pick more passengers.