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Kenya Airways said the timings were set to allow connections to and from 40 African destinations.

Kenya Airways, in a statement, touted the flight as the quickest way to get from East Africa to NY.

According to the loss-making national carrier, the flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York's JFK Airport will play a critical role in returning it to profitability adding that the airline's revenues from the route had the potential to increase its earnings by 10 per cent in the course of 2019.

The flight is scheduled to leave JKIA at 10:30pm every day, lasting for a duration of 15 hours - a significant reduction from the current 22 hours required for the journey.

Economy fliers on Qatar Airways will pay Sh93,000 from Nairobi to NY but they will stop at Doha for two and a half hours and the trip will take 22 hours and 30 minutes long.

The Dreamliners have capacity to carry 234 total passengers, 30 in premier world and 204 in economy class.

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Prior to the announcement of the new flight, Kenya and Kenya Airways went through stringent assessments before achieving Category 1 status for safety standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a requirement for direct flights to the U.S. United States is now Kenya's top tourism source market, commanding a market share of 12.2 percent of total arrivals to Kenya as at October 2017.

"It is an essential piece of the puzzle that was missing". This development will most likely enhance trade, tourism and general customer satisfaction.

"This is an exciting moment for us".

Najib Balala, Kenya's secretary of tourism, said the flight will position Kenya as the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa for leisure and business travel. "We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa".

On Wednesday, Interior CS Fred Matiangi announced major changes in operations at the JKIA for the next 100 days, as part of preparations for the direct flights.

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