"Kenya is a regional power house and so it didn't make sense that Ethiopian and South African airlines fly directly to the United States and KQ doesn't", said Abubakar Rajab, who resides in Philadelphia.
Mikosz expects that the direct travel to the U.S. will boost KQ's revenue to upto a 10% increase in the 2019 financial year.
With effect from today, the national carrier will start selling tickets for the inaugural flight, which is scheduled for October 28th this year.
Those booking early will be able to get tickets for as low as $815 (Ksh.84,000) with returns return tickets set to retail from Ksh.106,000.
KQ Chairman Michael Joseph has termed this move as an important milestone as the airline moves back to sustain its profits after financial restructuring.
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"We are honoured to contribute to the economic growth of Kenya and East Africa", said Sebastian adding the route would increase the carrier's revenue by 10 per cent. KQ's entry into the USA comes at a time when the airline is implementing a turnaround strategy, with restructuring of its balance sheet aimed at keeping it flying.
"This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways. It will be profitable for us".
The airline and JKIA are however yet to receive all necessary approvals by the United States security and transport authorities, including JKIA being designated as a last point of departure while the airline is yet to receive an air operator certification.
The US is one of Kenya's key trading partners. This is expected to significantly reduce flight time between these two cities from more than 22 hours to 15 hours.
He said the flights will see Kenya Airways employ more pilots and more crew to facilitate the functionality of the new flight route launched. U.S. 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.