From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
United States Delta Air Lines said it flown more than 1. 12 million in 6,300 flights between Nigeria and continental US over the period of it 10 years operations into Nigeria, with over 80,000 passengers flown in 2017 alone.
The Atlanta based carrier, the only US airline operating into Nigeria also restated the importance of the Nigeria route as a strategic one in the Africa market.
Delta launched it maiden service to the country on December 4, 2007 and remains the only airline from the US still operating into the Africa giant after United Airlines stopped flying into Nigeria in June 2016.
At the 10th year anniversary in Lagos the Delta Air Lines, Senior Vice President, Network Planning, Bob Cortelyou said, “It’s an honour to serve Lagos. For 10 years it has been an important route in our transatlantic network not only for the business community, but also for customers reuniting with friends and families across the United States.”
“With this milestone comes a new flight to New York-JFK starting in March and our customers can be sure we remain as committed as ever to delivering the very best in terms of network, schedule and on-board experience in Nigeria, “he added.
Cortelyou disclosed that the airline would commence daily flight operations between Lagos and the United States, with four weekly services to Atlanta complemented by three new weekly flights to New York-JFK on March 26, 2018.
Both routes, he stated would be operated using A330-200 series aircraft, recently introduced onto the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding that it would more seats and also offer an enhanced on-board experience.
Also, Delta Vice President on Sales, Shane Spyak , stated that in addition to having fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, Wi-Fi access, screens at every seat and free-mobile messaging throughout the aircraft, Delta’s services between Lagos and Atlanta are tailored to meet the preferences of local customers.
Speaking at the event, the Commercial Director, East and West Africa, Bobby Bryan,stated that Nigeria is a very important market and that it would continue to benefit from incentives that are coming from the airline.
He added Lagos forms part of Delta’s Africa network which also includes service to Accra, Ghana, Dakar Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa.