Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is planning to launch nonstop Nairobi – New York (JFK) daily flights on October 28, 2018. The new route will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
The airline issued this statement:
Kenya Airways on January 11, 2018 marks a great milestone with the launch of a nonstop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28, 2018.
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.
Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZD (msn 36041) LHR (SPA). Image: 926608.
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is planning to phase out its Boeing 777s this summer as its new Boeing 787s will complete the take over all of its long-haul international routes.
According to Airline Route, the carrier is planning to retire its last Boeing 777-200 ER tentatively on May 18 on the Dubai – Nairobi route.
According to the same report, the airline is also planning to phase out its relatively new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The last flight is currently scheduled for September 26 on the London (Heathrow) – Nairobi route.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2U8 ER 5Y-KYZ (msn 36124) departs from London (Heathrow).
Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route next summer as a replacement aircraft. The Triple Seven will replace the smaller Boeing 787-8 on the route from June 14 through September 14 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3U8 ER 5Y-KZX (msn 42097) taxies to the gate at Amsterdam.