|Quoting AF022 (Reply 33):|
KQ operating to the US was remote before, but now I wouldn't expect it ever. KQ can serve JFK better via AMS with partner. No reason to risk the route when other opportunities exist.
's advantage is that they serve a lot of underserved African markets. Although its hub wouldn't work for its West African destinations, it would work well for East and Southern African destinations. KQ
's has had a desire to serve the US given its market both as noted above, and the Kenyan market, which is larger than most imagine. Not having a nonstop just means that most find alternatives, such as South African through Johannesburg or the European airlines through their hubs. KQ
benefits little, especially since there would be little connecting traffic wanting to go two-stops to get to the US.
The chance for a route is somewhat diminished with Delta on the route, but still good. The economy is strong, the business capital of the region, it has and has the largest amount of students from any African country in the US (including Nigeria and South Africa), it has a large tourism sector, and, if it has a good route, has great connections to the rest of East and Southern Africa.