Kenya Airways has marked one year since starting operating non-stop flights between Nairobi and New York JFK Airport in the United Sates of America.
Kenya Airways became the first airline in East Africa to fly non-stop in to New York JFK Airport and since the launched its Nairobi – New York JFK route on October 28th, 2018. It has since the signed 15 Code shares agreements which have seen it steadily penetrate the highly competitive US market.
During the year, Kenya Airways has operated 594 flights, carrying ferried over 105,000 passengers and 530 tonnes of cargo from Kenya and 80 tonnes from the other African countries to New York.
Since 2018, KQ has focused on expanding its network as part of the airline’s growth strategy and this route has created the shortest gateway for leisure and corporate travelers to Africa from the finance capital of the world – New York.
The NBO-NYC route has also been a key attraction for travellers connecting to other areas in the region thus growing passenger numbers on KQ’s network in Africa. During the year, KQ connected 34 African countries to the US. The top traffic sources from Africa have been Nigeria- 16.3 %, Uganda- 14.7 %, South Africa- 15 %, Tanzania- 11.7 % and Congo -8%.
The introduction of this route has been critical in supporting commerce for Kenya and the rest of Africa using Nairobi as the hub by reducing transport time and costs, facilitating knowledge and people flow as well as increasing foreign exchange earnings. There are over 48 American companies and other agencies such as UNEP that have their regional Headquarters in Kenya.
To celebrate the first anniversary, KQ has launched a global promotion offering customers a 30% discount on tickets to all destinations across the network. Details on www.kenya-airways.com.
The Kenya Airways New York flight takes 15 hours from Nairobi to New York and 14 hours and 10 minutes from New York to Nairobi. The route is operated on the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner featuring 30 Business Class seats, 207 Economy Class seats.