I was trying to fly using miles with several airlines for our trip to Nairobi, but all entailed at least one transfer and the timing didn’t work out for our charter flight. We decided to splurge and go business class on Kenya Airways for this once in a lifetime trip. They had a sale going on, so that definitely helped!
They are the only airline that has direct flights between JFK and Nairobi. The flights were both on time, the service was very nice, and the seats were very comfortable. I actually slept on the way back for 8 hours straight, which I never do on a plane! The food was fine- nothing amazing- but I don’t really expect it to be. I did have a vegetarian dinner on the way back that was quite good. They have only been offering this direct flight for a few years now and they fly the 787-8 Dreamliner, which is a nice aircraft. It seems a little quieter than other jets and the inflight movie selection was extensive.
It was so great not having to transfer. The flight going is almost 13 hours and coming back was longer, so not having to deal with a layover was the best!