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Kenya Airways' Inaugural Non-Stop, Direct Flight From New York City Lands In Nairobi - Adventure 254
Kenya Airways’ inaugural non-stop, direct flight from New York City to Nairobi has arrived in Nairobi to a rousing welcome led by Deputy President William Samoei Ruto. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft christened “Magical Kenya” touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9.07 a.m. – nearly an hour and a half ahead of schedule. The flight departed New York City at 8pm Kenyan time onto a much shorter flight that took approximately 12 hours to Nairobi – down from earlier estimated flight duration of 14 hours from New York City to Nairobi. The flight, which had 234 passengers on board, has now made history by being the first direct, non-stop flight from East Africa to the United States of America (USA). Making his keynote address soon after welcoming the maiden flight, Deputy President William Ruto hailed the flight as an historic milestone for tourism, trade and investment between Kenya and the USA. Deputy President William Ruto (Centre) receives the Kenyan flag Deputy President Ruto said,“Kenya Airways’ direct flight to the U.S. is an important milestone for Kenya as tourism destination considering that the U.S. is currently Kenya’s leading tourism source market with a market share of 12% of arrivals [...]