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Kenya Airways’ passenger capacity to New York hits 75%

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The airlines operated 594 flights to and from New York since October 28, 2018

State-owned Kenya Airways has revealed that it hit 75 percent passenger capacity on its flights flying to New York.

Since the launch of the route on October 28, 2018, the airline operated 594 flights to and from New York and carried at least 105,084 passengers, according to Kenya Airways’ Chairman Michael Joseph.

On its route to New York, Kenya Airways flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet which has a total capacity of 234 seats.

Micheal Joseph pointed out that Kenya Airways’ business class is fully booked on a daily basis and the economy is currently between 65 and 85 percent full daily.

Kenya Airways’ CEO Sebastian Mikosz told the media, “The US and the American continent continue to be an essential piece of the puzzle in our network. There have been challenges in the last year but overall, the decision to launch our flights on this route has been rewarding.”

He added, “We have maintained consistency in our flights and going forward, we will be looking to increase the partnerships in order to fully realise the potential and gains of this investment. We are strategically positioned on Terminal 4 at JFK which has been critical to our success as a lone African carrier in that space.” 

In a statement, Kenya Airways said that it will increase its frequency to New York from five days a week to seven days a week from the month of June. This is expected to open more opportunities for travelers to take advantage of this route during this high season.

According to a report published last week, Kenya Airways might soon lose its domestic business to the newly launched Uganda Airlines. It will soon start flying on routes previously dominated by the Kenyan carrier.


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