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Kenya Airways and Delta Air Lines have announced a strategic expansion of their partnership with the inclusion of Kenya Airways’ nonstop Nairobi to New York operated service.

Currently KQ operates a daily service Nairobi to New York. It is the only nonstop flight from East Africa to America. The expanded partnership will offer customers additional travel options both within the US and within Africa opening up more than 31 destinations in Africa and 57 cities across the US and Canada. Tickets can be purchased from the Kenya Airways website; as well as through trade and corporate channels that include travel agencies.

Frequent flyer customers of Kenya Airways’ Asante rewards or Delta’s SkyMiles programme will also earn miles on the services.

Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways PLC Group MD and CEO said that the partnership is significant as it will enhance connectivity between US and Africa and offer the KQ product directly through its American Partner.

“Kenya Airways prides itself in connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa. The expansion of the codeshare is historic as it not only allows KQ to expand its footprint in the US, but also significant because it provides seamless connectivity on a single ticket for those travelling for business, leisure or studies into the US. while giving seamless connectivity to those visiting Africa through JFK and KQ’s hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi,” said Kilavuka.

(Left to right) The official signing ceremony saw Perry Cantarutti, SVP Alliances Delta, Alain Bellemare president International Delta, Peter Carter executive vice president external affairs Delta, Allan Kilavuka group MD & CEO Kenya Airways, Julius Thairu chief commercial & customer officer Kenya Airways and Michael Joseph chairman Kenya Airways PLC.

Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President International said, “At a time when we are seeing unprecedented demand for travel between North America and Africa, expanding our strategic partnership with Kenya Airways offers our customers more travel options as well as supports our priority to deepen our presence across the African continent.”.

While KQ currently offers daily flights from Nairobi, Kenya to the US via JFK airport in New York, Delta currently operates flights from Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lagos, Nigeria.

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