The daily flights between Nairobi and New York will take an estimated 15 hours instead of the 22 hours spent due to layovers.
The national carrier will starting Thursday sell tickets and allow travelers pre-book their flights.
”We are currently loading the flights onto our system. We shall go live and ready for bookings on Thursday. KQ Chairman, Michael Joseph told the Nation.
”The launch of direct flights between Kenya and the United States will mark a significant milestone for the business and for the country,” he added.
KQ has reportedly secured a landing slot at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) which is yet to be cleared as the last point of departure.
A 234 Dreamliner aircraft will be used with 204 passengers in the economy class.Flights to the US will depart from JKIA at 10.30 am daily and a return flight from JFK will leave at 1.30 pm every day starting October.
KQ was issued with the direct flight permit effective September5, 2017 if there were no public objections.
The US Department of Transportation said that it had given KQ a foreign air carrier permit ”to engage in: Scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail from any point or points behind Kenya, via any point or points in Kenya and any intermediate points, to any point or points in the United States and beyond.”
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