Getting on the nonstop New York to Nairobi Kenya Airways flight from elsewhere in the United States just got easier, thanks to an expanded partnership agreement with Delta the Kenyan airline inked on Monday.
Passengers wishing to get on the popular Kenya Airways nonstop flight from other parts of the U.S. that Delta flies to can now book that flight on Delta.com. The Nairobi-based airline launched its nonstop service from New York to Nairobi in the fall of 2018 and is still the only non-stop connection between East Africa and the United States.
If planning to fly from Chicago to Nairobi for example, the Kenya Airways New York flight is one of the options Delta.com provides. From Nairobi, passengers have options of more than 30 single connection destinations from the Kenya Airways hub.
In early 2022 Kenya Airways entered an agreement with JetBlue to feed passengers to its New York flight with luggage checked through to Nairobi but that agreement pales in comparison with the new one with Delta. The one with Delta, as the second largest airline in the United States, comes with 57 destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
The two airlines were already members of the SkyTeam Alliance but the enhanced partnership, which the two sides described as “strategic,” also comes with more frequent flier benefits for both carriers’ loyalty club members.
Delta’s President of International, Mr. Alain Bellemare and Kenya Airways CEO, Mr. Allan Kilavuka, signed the strategic agreement at Delta headquarters in Atlanta flanked by executives from both airlines.
“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,” said Bellemare.
Mr. Kilavuka hailed the agreement as one that will enhance connectivity between Africa and the U.S.
“The expansion of the codeshare is historic as it not only allows KQ to expand its footprint in the U.S., providing seamless connectivity on a single ticket for those travelling for business, leisure or studies. It also offers seamless connectivity to those visiting Africa for similar reasons through JFK into KQ’s hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi,” said Kilavuka.