Fast facts about KQ direct flights to New York

Monday October 29 2018

Kenya Airways  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Kenya Airways  Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner shortly before leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for New York City, USA, at 11.20pm on October 28, 2018. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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As Kenya Airway's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner touches down at the JF Kennedy International airport Monday at 1:25pm local time to complete historic flight, here are some fast facts.


  • KQ becomes the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
  • Direct flights can make stopovers either to refuel or to pick more passengers.
  • KQ has been classified as both non-stop and direct.
  • Airline will offer daily flights to and from New York.
  • It requires four pilots and 12 flight attendants.
  • Plane uses 85 tonnes of fuel each way.
  • Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has a capacity of 234 passengers.
  • Flight shaves off seven hours from current flight duration of 22 hours.
  • A return ticket from Nairobi to New York currently starts at Sh66,560, according to the Kenya Airways website.

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