Delta Air Lines will start direct commercial flights between the United States and Kenya via Dakar in Senegal from June 2, 2009.
Delta Air Lines’ planned direct service between Nairobi, the capital of Kenya and the country’s largest city, and Atlanta in the United States will operate four times a week – on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight will use a Boeing 767-300ER plane with up to 216 seats.
Delta Air Lines was initially expected to start flights from the United States to Kenya in the middle of 2008, which was put off to December 8, 2008, and then finally to June 2009.
The new flight – from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, the United States, to Kenya – would be the only direct service to the US from Kenya, Bobby Bryan, Delta Air Lines’ commercial manager for West and East Africa, said in the statement.
Bryan indicated that the new US-Kenya flight would provide connections between Kenya and Senegal via Nairobi, where passengers can make use of several connections to other cities in East Africa like Mombassa, Kigali, Entebbe and Dar es Salaam, operated by Kenya Airways, a partner of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Delta Air Lines has started promoting the United States-Kenya flights by announcing a special introductory fare of US $ 1,789, inclusive of all taxes. However, this fare will only be available on the internet, the airline said.
Other airlines operating in the market charge about US $ 2,000 for a flight to the United States.