Monday, 21 August 2017

Delta Expanding African Service

From March next year, Delta Air Lines will be starting a new flight to Lagos, Nigeria, from New York's JFK airport.   The service is designed to complement the service already flying from Atlanta to one of the busiest airports in Africa.

The service will start 24th March and will operate three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The flight will depart New York JFK at 10.50pm arriving in Lagos as 2.05pm local the next day.  The return is scheduled to leave Lagos at 10.30pm and land back in the Big Apple in the morning at 5.30am

“JFK is one of Delta’s gateways to the world, and we’re proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President-New York. “This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin and Glasgow that began this spring. We’re proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve the more than 27 million Delta customers that pass through New York every year.”

Delta will be utilising one of their Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, with a configuration of 34 Delta One seats, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the main economy cabin. The airline says complimentary meals, including chef-curated and locally sourced food and beverages will be provided in all cabins. 

Delta already flies to four African cities - Accra, Ghana.  Dakar, Senegal. Johannesburg, South Africa and of course Lagos - a route that is almost 10 years old. “Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Trans-Atlantic. “As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos.”

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