Last Sunday, a Kenya Airways’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner departed from Nairobi for New York. This Kenya Airways Boeing was in the air for only 15 hours, marking a historic moment in Kenya’s aviation industry.
The non-stop flight between Nairobi and New York is expected to open up opportunities for investment, tourism and other business opportunities between the two countries.
"This day and milestone will not only have a history on the aviation industry but also the history of the opening of the Eastern hemisphere," said Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma, who was on board the maiden trip on Sunday.
With over 40 American multinationals located in Nairobi and many more across Africa, the launch of daily flights is expected to further spur trade between America and Africa.
Kenya plans to use the direct flights to increase horticulture and fruit exports to the United States and during the flights, the Ministry of Agriculture, Brand Kenya and Java House Africa will give out “Made in Kenya” hampers comprising coffee, tea, leather passport wallets, among other things, to passengers onboard.
According to pulse.com.gh, the United States is one of Kenya’s big markets and the country is one of the leading exporters to the US.