Kenya Airways 787-8 Kenya Airways landed in the U.S. for the first time ever Monday morning, as flight number KQ002 arrived at New York JFK. The flight marks the beginning of daily direct service between the continental U.S. and Nairobi. Kenya joins a handful of airlines—EgyptAir, South African Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines—that have direct flights between the U.S. and Africa. Kenya Airways Flagship Direct Flight
This ultra-long haul journey is 7,360 miles-long and scheduled to take 15 hours from Nairobi and 14.5 hours to New York. KQ2 Nairobi (NBO) 10:25pm to New York (JFK) 6:25am (+1) Arrival
KQ3 New York (JFK) 12:25pm to Nairobi (NBO) 9:55am (+1) Arrival
Kenya Airways is using one of its eight 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, each with a two-class configuration—economy and Premier World. The Premier World cabin has 2-2-2 configuration with 30 lie-flat seats. In economy, there’s 204 seats in a standard 787 configuration of 3-3-3. Each of these seats offer 32.2 inches of pitch and 18.5 inches of width. A tour of KQ’s 787-8 led by a great Nairobi-based crew. Not the most exciting, but at least lie-flat. Forward-facing business class seats. As good as it’s going to get on a 787 in economy. While speaking to Kenyan staff and executives, it was clear that there was immense nationalistic pride for this flight launch. It wasn’t just the airline staff that were excited. Kenyans back home were truly proud of their national carrier and closely tracked the inaugural from Nairobi in droves.
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