The first direct flight from Kenya to the United States will take place in October 2018. It will be a rather special flight. Because, at the controls, we will have a female pilot; not to mention that the Kenyan Head of State will be on board.
Irene Koki Mutungi, the first certified African airline pilot since 2004, will fly the Boeing to fly the inaugural Kenya / United States flight on October 28, 2018. The plane that will leave Jomo-Kenyatta International Airport from Nairobi at 23:25, will have to land the next day at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at 6:25 am
Among the VIP passengers, there is a significant personality, namely Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, as well as many other officials. On board this plane, the Head of State and other passengers will have to spend about fifteen hours in full flight non-stop, since it is an “ultra-long-haul flight”.
It must be remembered that Irene Koki Mutungi is also the first African woman captain of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner since 2014. She was recruited in 1995 by Kenya Airways. For six years she was the only female pilot of the company. Last June, she won the “Winner 2017 Africa Top Travel” award from her country.