NAIROBI- Celebrated Kenya Airways pilot Joseph Kinuthia has retired. Captain Kinuthia retired on Tuesday, bringing to an end his 42 years of service at the national carrier, registering 24,000 hours of flight as a pilot.

Captain Kinuthia is received by KQ crew as he made his last flight as a commercial pilot. PHOTO| COURTESY

The 65-year-old was the lead pilot during the launch of the historic KQ inaugural flight from Nairobi to New York on October the 28th, 2018.

His retirement coincided with his last flight from New York to Nairobi on Tuesday 19th February 2019 and an emotional Captain Kinuthia said the retirement opens a whole new chapter in his life.

"I had to shed a tear because this means that it is a complete change from what I have been used to, to new ground which I am not clear of yet," said Kinuthia.

Captain Joseph Kinuthia had been with KQ since 1978. PHOTO| COURTESY

His colleagues at Kenya Airways were also full of praise of him, saying his experience helped nurture  other aspiring and other practising pilots.

"I have done around five flights with him and I must say he is one of the best trainers we have in the airline," said Patrick Kipsambu, First Officer with Kenya Airways.

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Chams Media led by founder and chief executive officer Alex Chamwada have marked a great milestone being part of the media team to cover the launch of the historical Kenya Airways nonstop flight from Nairobi to New York and back.

Part of the team will be aboard the Kenya Airways departing Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10.45pm EAT Sunday while another, led by photographer and producer, David Amateshe, is already in New York. Amateshe is alongside Kenya Civil Aviation Authority director general, Captain Gilbert Kibe and other dignitaries awaiting the landing of the Dreamliner 787-8 at the JF Kennedy Airport in New York on Monday.

Chams Media was founded in 2014 and has seen a tremendous growth catapulted by its quality independent production of unique, inspiring and informative content under the Chamwada Report and Daring Abroad shows which air on for KTN and KTN News Channels.

Prior to this historical flight, Alex Chamwada had through Chams Media, presented on KTN News channel, an in-depth preview of what the flight means for Kenya.

In the report, he had exclusive interviews with Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz, KCAA director general Capt. Gilbert Kibe, Cabinet Secretary for tourism Najib Balala, among others as he also visited the Boeing headquarters in Seattle City, Washington State.

While aboard the plane on on ground at JF Kennedy, Chams Media will produce an exclusive in-depth analysis of the entire flight, economic impacts for both countries among other issues.

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