Maisha London! Check out Kenyan celebs who flew in the maiden Kenya Airways flight to New York

History was made in Kenya after Kenya Airways was flagged off for their first ever non-stop flight from Kenya to New york.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by other senior government officials during the flagging off ceremony at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The plane has 234 passengers on board. Of the 234 passengers, 204 will be in economy class.

 

 

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Here are some of the celebrities who got to experience it,

1. Jeff Koinange

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The Award winning Journalist and the current Talk show host for Jeff Koinange Live.

2. Amina Abdi Rabar

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The TV and radio talk show host took it to instagram to share ”Humbled to be a part of this historic moment with official kenya airways as we take off to New York for their inaugural non stop, daily flight to the big apple.”

3. Alex Chamwada

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He is an International Journalist, founder and CEO of CHAMS Media and a  Media Consultant

4. Maqbul Mohammed

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Actor and radio host

 

5. Monica Kiragu

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Citizen TV news Director.

5. Susan Wong43508341_552191601899494_4419879487329342274_n

The plane left the airport at exactly 11.20pm, although it had been scheduled to leave at 10.45pm.

After Sunday night’s departure, the plane will land at the JF Kennedy International airport at 6.25am New York time (1.25pm local time).

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Bharti Airtel has appointed former Kenya Airways CEO, Dr. Titus Naikuni as the chairman of the board of directors of Airtel Kenya.

Naikuni also chairs Rift Valley Railways following his appointment in August. He has previously served in other boards such as Chairman of HOusing Finace, Deputy Chairman of Magadi Soda Company LTD and CHancellor South Eastern Kenya University.

Naikuni holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Programme.

KQ plane runs out of fuel makes emergency landing

Nation.co.ke reports that a Kenya Airways plane with 38 passengers on board from Delhi, India, had to make an emergency landing at Moi International Airport in Mombasa on Monday after running out of fuel.

The plane was set to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi but had to be diverted.

The plane however landed safely at 12.07 pm.

Moi International Airport manager Yatich Kangogo, told The Nation that the plane had departed from Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi, India, before it run out of fuel.

“The aircraft developed low fuel mid-air, with its reserves unable to cover the Nairobi distance, so it was diverted here to refuel,” Mr Kangogo said.

All passengers on board the KQ Boeing 737-800 plane are safe.

KQ’s 5th Dreamliner jets in

The fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet in the Kenya Airways fleet touched down at JKIA on Wednesday morning.

The modern aircraft whose capacity is 234 passengers was flown in by Captain Harpal Sokhi from Boeing Corporation’s Assembly Site in Charleston, South Carolina in the US.

KQ’s outgoing CEO Titus Naikuni was at hand to receive the aircraft.

“We are delighted to add yet another Dreamliner to our fleet. This modern aircraft is a big boost to our long haul capability and will replace the B767, which is our current workhorse. Besides enhancing our customer experience, it has lower maintenance costs and high fuel efficiency” Naikuni said.

The first four Dreamliners in the airline’s fleet have already started commercial service, flying to Paris in France, Guangzhou in China, Bangkok in Thailand, Entebbe in Uganda, and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as Mombasa.

KQ now has 38 aircraft in active operation and expects one more Dreamliner before the end of the year. An additional three such aircraft will be delivered next year.

KQ finally halts flights to Ebola-hit West Africa

Kenya Airways has been prevailed upon to stop its flights to West Africa region which is currently facing an Ebola outbreak.

In a statement, the airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said that KQ will comply with advice by the Ministry of Health to temporarily suspend commercial flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The decision, which will become effective at midnight on Tuesday 19th August 2014, is based on the situation risk assessment by the Ministry of Health.

KQ flights to Nigeria and Ghana, which have also reported a number of Ebola cases, will however not be affected.

Meanwhile the Health Ministry says that it has so far handled 5 Ebola alerts in Kenya but all tested negative after lab analysis.

KQ to continue flights to West Africa despite Ebola fears

Kenya Airways will continue its flights to and from West African countries currently facing an Ebola epidemic.

At a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, the airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said their operations on these routes will proceed with guidance from experts & relevant agencies. Naikuni said a ban on flights to the affected region is not necessary as a travel advisory is yet to be issued by the WHO.

The Kenya Medical Association as well as members of parliament have demanded that #KQ withdraws its flights to West Africa in the wake of the outbreak.

The WHO on Wednesday classified Kenya as being at high risk of an Ebola outbreak. That has already led to at least one international airline canceling its flights to Nairobi.

Korean Air says it will stop flying into and out of JKIA as from 20th August 2014.

KQ to review West africa operations over ebola fears

Kenya Airways is reviewing its air operations into the Ebola affected regions of West Africa.

A statement from the CEO Titus Naikuni says the move follows facts and advice from IATA, Word Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health.

Naikuni however says none of these organizations has strongly advised that air operations should cease. The airline is expected to announce its decision on Thursday.

A senior WHO official on Wednesday said that Kenya is among countries categorized as being highly at risk of an Ebola outbreak.

Kenya Airways begins migration to its new JKIA Terminal

Kenya Airways will begin moving some of its airport departures to the newly built Terminal 1A at its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi this week.

A statement from the airline says a number of its flights will, on Wednesday this week, be operated from the new state-of-the-art facility.

KQ flight 760 to Johannesburg departing at 6.35am on Wednesday will be the first to be operated from the new terminal. KQ 410 to Entebbe will follow at 8.00am followed closely by KQ flight 480 to Dar es Salaam ten minutes later. Passengers on KQ flight 762 to Johannesburg which departs JKIA at 8.35am on Wednesday will also use the new terminal.

The partially completed terminal will initially only handle departures but will become fully operational in 2015.

Kenya Airways receives third Dreamliner

Kenya Airways has received its third Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The aircraft landed yesterday at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport flown in by Captain John Mathias Kimani, the B787 Fleet manager.

The airline expects to take delivery of three more Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts by the end of the year.

The first two Dreamliners — named ‘Great Rift Valley’ and ‘Zambezi River’ — have already been deployed to commercial service flying to Paris and Johannesburg respectively.

The B787 has superior fuel efficiency and also offers passengers unparalleled on-board comfort with reduced noise, higher ceilings, biggest windows, flat beds and ambient mood lighting.