The bird is on its way to America!!!
Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for New York City, USA, in a historic flight in Kenya’s aviation industry. The plane left the airport at exactly 11.20pm. It is expected to touch down at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 6.45 a.m tomorrow.
The return leg, a 14-hour flight will depart JFK Airport at 12:25pm on Monday and touch down in Nairobi on Tuesday at 10:25am.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led senior government officials who arrived at the airport to bid farewell to the inaugural direct flight from Kenya to the US. Foreign Affairs CS Monicah Juma led the government delegation aboard the flight. Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz and chairman, Michael Joseph were also in the flight.
This is a big milestone in the flight history between the two countries, as normal flights from Kenya to the US takes up to 22 hours in a distance of 13,713km between Nairobi and New York
Kenya Airways’ most senior pilot Captain Joseph Kinuthia will be pilot the plane to New York. The 65 year old has worked for over 40 years at Kenya Airways. He has flown powerful personalities including former President Daniel Arap Moi and Pope John Paul II.
In an interview with Chams Media, Kinuthia stated that he has flown for more than 25, 000 hours. He says he had been selected to pioneer the 15-hours-long flight due to his vast experience, given he is the senior most captain at KQ.
“I was proposed to be the first one to fly to JFK because I am the most senior pilot in Kenya Airways today. I have been there since 1978. And I will be retiring in the next few months so the company thought probably I should be the one flying,” he told Alex Chamwada in an exclusive interview.
“I will be the captain to take off from Nairobi to cruise level then the other captain takes over through the cruise level before as I take a rest. I will the take over two hours to landing to prepare,” says the delighted Kinuthia.