- The historic maiden KQ flight finally made a landing in New York on Monday, October 29 - 232 passengers were sponsored by the government in the historic flight ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads - Transport CS James Macharia was on hand to oversee the arrival of the direct flight Kenya Airways completed its remarkable milestone on Monday, October 29, after the Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 safely landed in New York in what was the first ever direct non-stop flight between Nairobi and the US city. TUKO.co.ke learnt the KQ's maiden flight made a landing at the JF Kennedy International Airport at approximately 1500hrs Kenyan time. Send 'NEWS' to 40227 to receive all the important breaking news as it happens READ ALSO: KQ rushes against time to fly Uhuru on maiden direct flight to US As TUKO.co.ke reported earlier, it was all systems go by Sunday , October 28, at 10.55 pm as the airliner hit the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport runway as it embarked on the 15-hour flight. KQ historic direct flight to US lands safely in New York after 15 hours KQ historic direct flight to US lands safely in New York after 15 hours READ ALSO: KQ staff threaten to go on strike ahead of maiden direct flight to US It was initially expected that President Uhuru Kenyatta would be among the 468 passengers on board the New-York bound plane but he was only there to flag off the flight. READ ALSO: Court stops KQ staff strike ahead of maiden direct flight to US Following the first flight's success, it is now expected that the direct trips from Nairobi to New York - two cities which are 11,836 km apart - will greatly increase revenue for the airline which has been struggling in recent months. READ ALSO: Over 7,000 travellers book KQ flight ahead of inauguration of direct flights to US The flight was also largely a success because of the experienced four-pilot crew led by 65-year-old Captain Joseph Kinuthia. KQ historic direct flight to US lands safely in New York after 15 hours Kenya Airways completed their remarkable milestone on Monday, October 29 after the Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 safely landed in New York READ ALSO: Kenya Airways cabin crew salary Kinuthia has a tight aircraft CV under his belt, having accrued over 40,000 of both training and flying hours since 1978. Upon arrival at the JFK International airport, the flight was met with the prestigious water salute The water salute is a renown airport tradition meant to recognize and pay respect to military events, new airlines, key events at the airport and anniversaries. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma and US Ambassador Robert Godec were on board the historic flight.
- Captain Kinuthia is in charge of three other pilots flying the maiden flight to US - He presided over the take off and he will also swing in action come landing time - At Kenya Airways, he is charged with training and sharpening skills of other pilots - He has accrued over over 40,000 of both training and flying hours since the year 1978 - He begun flying at 21 years and he has flown former President Moi to several places It has finally emerged that 65-year-old Captain Joseph Kinuthia is the pilot in charge of the Kenya's inaugural flight the US. TUKO.co.ke, has learnt that Kinuthia, with over 25,000 of flying hours under his belt, took the Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 to the skies on the night of Sunday, October 28. Send 'NEWS' to 40227 to receive all the important breaking news as it happens.
READ ALSO: It is all systems go for Nairobi - US direct flights Meet 65-year-old pilot in charge of KQ's direct flight to the US Kinuthia, with over 25,000 of flying hours under his belt, took the Dreamliner Boeing 787-8 to the skies on the night of Sunday, October 28. Photo: UGC READ ALSO: Over 7,000 travellers book KQ flight ahead of inauguration of direct flights to US In a KTN interview closely monitored by TUKO.co.ke, Kinuthia intimated that he was the senior most pilot at Kenya Airways (KQ), where he has served since 1978. "I should retire very shortly in an other few months. I think the company thought it was a good idea if they sent their most senior pilot to the US," Kinuthia told KTN's Alex Chamwada. READ ALSO: KQ rushes against time to fly Uhuru on maiden direct flight to US When asked on how he learnt that he would commander the flight, Kinuthia said, he was briefed of the exercise in September 2018. This, he said, followed wide consultation at KQ that saw his name fronted for the task. Meet 65-year-old pilot in charge of KQ's direct flight to the US His role, he revealed, was to preside over the departure and oversee the aircraft climb to its cruising altitude with the help of his first officer. Photo: UGC Kinuthia, however, said the flight will mark his fist ever approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFKIA). He added that all the occasions he traveled to the airport he was just a passenger. "Going to New York is unique. I haven't been there flying but I have been there as a visitor of the city. It is an interesting challenge and quite fascinating. I feel honored to do that for Kenya Airways," added captain. Behind the control columns of the giant and technologically sophisticated plane, Kinuthia said, he will head a team of four pilot. His role, he revealed, was to preside over the departure and oversee the aircraft climb to its cruising altitude with the help of his first officer. " The other captain with his co-pilot will the take over and they will do the cruise part of flight. About two hours before landing, I together with my co-pilot will come back and prepare for landing," stated the captain. READ ALSO: KQ fully booked one week ahead of maiden direct flight to New York At the national carrier, Kinuthia said, he was charged with training and sharpening the skills of other pilots. Among the recent roles he performed was equipping other crew flying the 15 hour haul on how to approach either of the multiple runways at JFKIA. This, he said, was made possible by use of flight simulators which create a virtual airport, very similar to JFKIA. A virtual flight can then be executed and a landing approach handled from a central place without need of a physical aircraft. Meet 65-year-old pilot in charge of KQ's direct flight to the US A virtual flight can then be executed and a landing approach handled from a central place without need of an aircraft. Photo: UGC READ ALSO: KQ staff threaten to go on strike ahead of maiden direct flight to US On training, he intimated that has spent at least 15,000 hours flying a plane simulator for the 40 years he has been at KQ. He begun flying while at a youthful age of 21 years and among powerful individuals he has flown include former President Daniel Moi. He also had late Pope John Paul II as a passenger headed to the UK on KQ when he (Pope) toured Kenya in 1995. The maiden flight is expected to touch down in New York shortly after midday of Monday, October 29. This will mark the end of the 15 hour historic journey. The plane will again, on Wednesday, October 31, leave the US air space for Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport where it will be expected on Thursday, November 1.
Otile and Vera [Photo: Courtesy]
The on and off relationship between socialite Vera Sidika and singer Otile Brown has taken a nose dive.
The once mushy lovers are throwing Molotov cocktails at each other and are not sparing any drop in airing private details of their once juicy relationship.
For starters, Vera claims that the relationship was dead on the tracks before it took off after the Chaguo la moyo singer starting asking for money. A move she said was an immediate turn-off.
She adds that the 'borrowing' climaxed after they got back together following their much-publicised breakup when he allegedly asked for a Sh500, 000 loan as a top up for a brand new Mercedes Benz.