Delta Air Lines yesterday marked its 10th anniversary of nonstop service between Lagos and Atlanta. Launched on December 4, 2007, Delta remains the only, U.S. 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. “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.”
Delta early this year launched Nigeria’s Nollywood movies on the Delta Studio, “as part of serving our Nigerian customers, passengers can now watch Nollywood movies on more than 300 Delta aircraft,” Said Shane Spyak, Delta’s Staff Vice President Sales. “Delta has partnered with Junior Achievement Africa in Nigeria to sponsor Innovation Camps and Company of the Year programmes” he added.
Delta operates 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.
Six years ago, Delta Air Lines launched the Delta Internship in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Senegal which gives graduates the opportunity to work with Delta for a year, exposing them to first-hand experience of working with a multi-national company. “we have gone ahead to staff some of our Interns” Shane said.
Starting from March 26, 2018 would commence daily service between Lagos and the United States, with four weekly services to Atlanta complemented by three new weekly flights to New York-JFK. Both routes will be operated using Airbus A330-200 aircraft, recently introduced onto the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding more seats and offering an enhanced on-board experience.
Delta also presented Certificate of Recognition to Skylogistics, Delta’s GSA in Nigeria for 10 years. “Appointing Skylogistics as GSA (General Sales Agent) was a great decision, we would like to thank Olufemi Adefope and his staffs for there hard work for 10 years in Nigeria.” Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director Sales, AMEI added.