'08: Delta Airlines goes to Nairobi, Kenya!
weekly flight will be the only service
to the United States from Kenya operated by a U.S. carrier
and will offer passengers convenient connections via Deltas
Atlanta hub to around 150 business and leisure destinations
throughout the United States including Washington, Boston,
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as destinations
throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition,
this new flight will improve connections between the African
nations of Senegal and Kenya, by providing passengers with
the option of travelling to Dakar. Contact
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|Delta Air Lines
(NYSE:DAL) - the only major U.S. carrier to operate
scheduled services to Africa has announced
it will launch direct flights between Nairobis
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport* and Hartsfield-Jackson
Atlanta International Airport, via Dakar, Senegal
effective 3 June 2016. The four-times
Speaking about the new service,
Bobby Bryan, Deltas commercial manager for West
and East Africa said: We are excited to pioneer
new routes that expand our global reach and add convenience
to the lives of our customers. The new direct service
will offer many important travel options for business
and leisure travellers thanks to the convenience of Deltas
connections via Atlanta and will also serve to increase
commercial ties between Kenya and the United States by
providing a convenient travel option for the thousands
of American tourists wanting to discover the beauty of
Kenya each year, helping to boost the countrys growing
economy. Furthermore, this service will be the only air
service operated from Kenya to the United States and for
freight forwarders and cargo shippers, the route will
expedite shipments of goods throughout the United States.
Delta will operate the new flights
between Nairobi and Atlanta with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft
with up to 217 seats in a two-class configuration featuring
36 seats in BusinessElite, Deltas award-winning
business class service and 181 in economy class. Customers
flying on the new flight will have the opportunity to
experience Deltas award-winning BusinessElite service,
offering a more personalised, comfortable and entertaining
experience with all-leather sleeper seats, in-seat on-demand
entertainment, innovative food offerings from celebrity
chef Michelle Bernstein and award-winning, original wine
selections chosen by Deltas Master Sommelier Andrea
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2009: July - Sept: Gnu migration at its best!
the best times to visit Kenya. There
is no better time to visit the Mara than during the Great
Migration. The sound of the approaching herd is a deep,
primal rumbling of thundering hooves and low grunts. The
sight of the wildebeest is staggering- a continuous charging
mass that stretches from one horizon to the other this endless
grey river of life is mottled with black and white as zebras
join the throng.
staring from the early July to late September, over
a million Gnus (wildebeests) and Zebras followed by
the big cats cross over the rolling plains of the
Masai Mara setting the most spectacular marvel of
mother nature that cannot be witnessed in any other
part of the world. This undoubtedly becomes
Over the course of the migration,
visitors to Kenya will have the opportunity to follow
the progress of the herds and experience the full grassland
cycle firsthand. In the Maasai Mara, Africas largest
concentrations of predators are drawn to this perfect
opportunity for easy hunting. Lions are frequently seen
attacking the herds - especially at night- dragging down
At the same time, packs of Hyena
freely weave throughout the herds, singling out and separating
the young and the weak. Predators are not the only obstacles
that the wildebeest face. Kenyas heavy rainfall
in the highland Mau escarpment has turns the Mara River
into a raging torrent.
As happens each year, the herds
will gather at the banks in preparation for the most perilous
stretch of their journey. As sheer pressure builds, the
herds are finally forced to surge into the river, often
hurling themselves off high banks. In the struggle across
the Mara River, many are drowned or swept away by strong
currents. The crossing attracts massive crocodiles who
each year awaits this season of bounty.
By September the herds will begin
reaching their goal, and spreading out to graze across
the expanse of the Mara. For this beautiful game reserve,
it is a time of renewal, as the dung from the visiting
herds fertilizes the plains. October will see the herds
turn southward and repeat the same journey back to the
Serengeti, where the renewed grasslands await.
The Migration is the planets
last great epic of life and death. Of all the calves born
in the Serengeti, two out of three will never return from
their first and most demanding migration. It is this inextricable
binding of renewal and sustenance, feast and famine, life
and death that makes this event one of natures greatest
Kenyas Maasai Mara reserve
has a wide range of accommodation and travel options.
There are luxury lodges, exclusive tented camps, campsites
and more available. The migration can be experienced on
early morning game drives in customized vehicles, walking
safaris with Maasai Warrior guides, horseback safaris
in areas surrounding the Mara, or even from hot air Balloon
safaris over the herds. See
Kenya Wildlife Migration Safari Offer >>
2009: Virgin boss on a mission to sell Kenya
to help the country get back on track
and increase tourist numbers. "Kenya is a fantastic
and safe place to come. We need to get tourism back on track,"
he said. The campaign will appear on Londons underground
mainline railway, as well as the national Press.
has rolled out a Sh30 million advertising campaign
to woo UK tourists back to Kenya. The drive, which
begins today, will be used as an initiative to get
tourists back to Kenya, and focuses on the migration
of the wildebeest. Virgin Atlantic president, Sir
Richard Branson, gave Kenya a clean bill of health
Branson made the announcement at
Sarova Mara Game Camp at the Maasai Mara on Saturday.
Tourism minister, Mr Najib Balala, has said Bransons
tour was a clear indication that Kenya was back on the
recovery path. Branson regretted that post-election violence
was a major setback to tourism, especially the airline
"The violence was disastrous
to the airlines, hotels and to the people of Kenya. Virgin
was also affected, but we decided to be faithful to Kenya
and not switch to other routes," he said. Branson,
however, warned that the airline would pull out of the
Kenyan route should violence erupt again. "If politicians
mess the country again, we will not stick here. We will
move out," he said.
According to Kenya Tourist Board
(KTB), tourism earned Sh8 billion between January and
April, way below the expected Sh21 billion. KTB Chairman,
Mr Jakes Grieves Cook, expressed optimism that the tourist
arrivals would improve.
Virgin Atlantic is one of the worlds
leading long-haul airlines and flies daily to Nairobi.
It flies to 30 destinations worldwide from its headquarters
at London Heathrow and London Gatwick. The aviation industry
will get a boost as Branson re-launches the Nairobi-London
route with the introduction of another aircraft, which
will also mark the airlines first anniversary.
A delighted Kenya Tourist Board
Managing Director, Dr Achieng Ongonga, said
Bransons visit was a blessing. "He came at
a time we really needed someone of his stature to send
a message to the world that Kenya is back to normal,"
On Saturday, Branson opened two
dormitories at Sekenani Primary School, a co-ed institution
at the Maasai Mara, built by the airline at a cost of
Sh8 million. The Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold Card
volunteers collectively contributed £30,000 from
sponsorship and donations to the project. More
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