“No, I have not been settled on to fly President Uhuru Kenyatta to the U.S. for the inaugural Nairobi-U.S. flight.”
Those are Captain Koki Mutungi’s words after the blogosphere splashed that she would be the lead pilot on October 28, when Kenya’s first direct flight to the U.S. would begin operations.
“Thank you for all your kind words and congratulatory messages. I’m truly overwhelmed but KQ has not yet selected who gets to do the inaugural US flight. It was a press assumption after a media event I recently attended with the US Secretary of Trade. I hope I get the honor though,” she said on her Twitter account Thursday.
— Irene Koki Mutungi (@ms_koki) September 11, 2017
Thank you @Min_TourismKE for recognizing and awarding our very own Cpt. Irene Koki Mutungi as "Winner 2017 Africa Top Travel 100 Women"👏👏.She is also Africa's 1st B787 female captain. Presenting the award, KQ's COO Jan De Vegt and Director Flight Operations Cpt. Njoroge. pic.twitter.com/vYXp2iaYJY
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) June 18, 2018
Her statement comes after several blogs and entertainment outlets claimed she had been chosen to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the the J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York, with President Kenyatta on board. The journey would be 15 hours.
Captain Irene Koki Mutungi is recognised as Africa’s first B787 female captain.
Captain Mutungi has received several honorary awards such as 2017 Women in Africa Travel award, Winner 2017 Africa Top Travel 100 Women”.
Thank you for all your kind words and congratulatory messages. I’m truly overwhelmed but Kq has not yet selected who gets to do the inaugural US flight. It was a press assumption after a media event I recently attended with the US Secretary of Trade. I hope I get the honor though
— Irene Koki Mutungi (@ms_koki) July 5, 2018
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