Kenya Airways will launch nonstop daily service between Nairobi and New York JFK on October 28.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Sebastian Mikosz.
"The Nairobi-New York direct flight shows the determination of Kenya Airways remains to be the Pride of Africa", said Joseph.
Prior to the announcement of the new flight, Kenya and Kenya Airways went through stringent assessments before achieving Category 1 status for safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a requirement for direct flights to the U.S.More news: Deepika Padukone 'Padmavati' Film Title Changed has Padmaavat
Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY.
On Thursday, the national carrier began selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28.
A return flight will then leave NY at 12.25 pm the same day and touch the ground in Nairobi at 10.55 am the following day. Passengers on the flights - billed to be fastest connection between East Africa and the U.S. - will pay Sh89,000 and Sh257,634 introductory fares for an economy and Premier World tickets respectively. The 15-hour flight will operate onboard a B787 Dreamliner, with 234 seats. From New-York it will depart at 1225 and land at JKIA at 1055 the following day. "This is a reduction from the current flight time of over 22 hours, including lengthy layovers", said Mikosz.
The chief executive noted the United States is Kenya's top tourist source market, with 95,771 people having visited between January and Oct 2017.More news: Teaser for 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'
The Kenya Tourism Board has lauded Kenya Airways for the move, saying it was a big win for the sector in the country.
The airline already serves Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and cities in Asia.
Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations. "Our guests are at the heart of everything we do at the airline and these two awards confirm our undeterred commitment to them".
It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircrafts being some of the youngest in Africa.More news: Perrigo Co Plc (PRGO) Shareholder Greenlight Capital INC Has Lifted Holding