By VICTOR NZE
Delta Air Lines has lifted more than 1.12 million passengers on the Lagos – Atlanta route since it commenced service from Nigeria ten years ago, according to Mr Bobby Bryan, Commercial Director, East and West Africa, who also added that it has carried over 80, 000 travellers on the Lagos – Atlanta schedule this year alone.
The is just as the United States-based carrier commemorated its ten years of servicing the Lagos-Atlanta route with a media launch and celebrations which gathered the airline’s top executives from Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions of operations.
The event which took place at the Federal palace Hotel in Lagos also saw the cutting of the anniversary cake in celebration of the milestone.
Launched on December 4, 2007, Delta remains the only, United States airline to fly nonstop between Nigeria and the United States and has carried more than 1.12 million passengers between the two nations over the past decade.
“It’s an honour to serve Lagos. For 10 years it has been an important route in our trans-Atlantic network not only for the business community, but also for customers reuniting with friends and families across the United States,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Network Planning.
Continuing, Cortelyou said: “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.”
The airline also announced that from March 26, 2018, it will commence a three days of weekly flight operations from Lagos to the JFK International Airport in New York to complement the existing Atlanta route, which will now be increased to four weekly services.
The New York – Lagos route will be operated with the A330-200 aircraft, recently introduced into the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding more seats and offering an enhanced on-board experience.
In addition to 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. This includes regionally inspired cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, offering a wider selection of sodas and fruit juices, and showcasing Nigeria’s vibrant film industry.