Kenya Airways (KQ) officials who have been meeting with various transport and tourism stakeholders in the United States, wrapped their three-day marketing tour yesterday.
KQ managing director and chief executive, Sebastian Mikosz (pictured) said they visited several places including the New York Tourism Board and the Ports Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Mikosz said the objective of the visit was to engage with top travel management companies and tour operators to consolidate partnerships, alliances and to promote the upcoming inaugural of the KQ direct flight to the US.
Direct flights from Nairobi to New York are expected to link East Africa to North America, thus opening up wider business opportunities and tourism exchanges between the two regions.
“KQ non-stop flight from New York to Nairobi will improve the connection between two major markets. Not only does this key route contribute to the development of trade between East Africa and the US, it also gives the opportunity to our American guests to enjoy a wide-range of premium leisure experiences in 14 hours daily,” said Mikosz.
“I also believe that expatriate Kenyans and those from East Africa residing in the US will be excited by this new arrangement, non-stop, a direct route with a leading African national carrier,” he said.
The Nairobi- New York route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a configuration of 234 seats – 30 in Premier World and 204 Economy class, world-class products and services and a convenient schedule.
The first flight will depart John F. Kennedy International Airport on 29th October 2018 at 12:25 hours, arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:55 hours the next day.
The return flight will depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 23:25 hours, arriving at JFK airport at 06:25 hours the following morning.