Kenya Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz (centre) speaks during the launch of non-stop flight between Nairobi and NY.
East Africa-based Ethiopian Airlines operates nonstop flights from the USA east coast on westbound flights returning to Addis Ababa.
He said: "Winning these awards would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of the Kenya Airways team and the strong support from our guests".
Confirming the new trans-Atlantic flight schedules on Wednesday, January 10, Kenya Airway's chairman, Michael Joseph, said they will officially take off in October this year.
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The return flight will depart at 12:25 p.m. and arrive back in Kenya at 10:55 a.m. the day after. We are honored to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa.
Kenya Airways operates a further 40 routes within Africa from Nairobi. Its duration will be 15 hours eastbound and 14 hours westbound.
The Kenya Tourism Board has lauded Kenya Airways for the move, saying it was a big win for the sector in the country.
The airline is counting on the tourism, with the USA being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.
"The flights will substantially boost Kenya's global profile as a tourism destination as they will provide a shorter, quicker and more affordable connection for tourists and business", she said.
Kenya Airways was is 2017 named Africa's Leading Airline of the year at the World Travel Awards gala ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda. The airline says it hopes the new route to the U.S. will stimulate trade between the two nations. Mikosz revealed the carrier will continue to modernise its fleet though its 32 aircraft are some of the youngest in Africa.