The direct flight from Nairobi to New York City has attracted a total of 7000 bookings spread over the year. The inaugural flight is slated for October 28th 2018 with 234 passengers on board.
The booking of of the inaugural flight stand at 80 per cent but Kenya Airways is however optimistic to have the flight full in the remaining time especially with the last minute rush.
“To date we have over 7000 bookings for the New York route with expected cabin factor of above 80 per cent for the inaugural flight. We are entering the booking window and expect to take off with a much higher occupancy,” said Kenya Airways’ sales director, Julius Thairu.
The booking window for the inaugural direct flight started in January this year but witnessed a very low turnout of bookings. Appearing before Parliament in June, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Office Sebastian Mikosz said they were confident that the bookings will increase in subsequent months.
“We just have quite a few tickets sold, but still the biggest selling window is ahead of us. So we have no reason to be pessimistic, but it is still a challenge,” said Mr. Mikosz. The direct flight to New York is anticipated to increase KQ’s revenue by 10 per cent next year according the management.
Initially, a flight from Nairobi to New York City would take up to 22 hours characterized by long stop overs but the duration will be reduced drastically to only 15 hours on board. The flight from JKIA will land in JFK at 6:30am while the one from JFK will land at JKIA at 10:30 am. For passengers flying in the economy class, they will have to part with Sh 73,230 for a return ticket which is way cheaper compared to other airlines that charge sh 100,000 for a return ticket.
KQ passengers will have a seamless travel experience after the national carrier entered into a deal with Delta Air Lines to have Delta’s code placed in KQ flights from Accra, Paris, Amsterdam and London to Nairobi