Delta Has Flown 1.12m Passengers To U.S In 10years Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president – Network Planning Delta Air Lines said on Monday at a press conference organised to mark the airline’s 10th anniversary of nonstop service between Lagos and Atlanta.
“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.”
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 1.1 million passengers between the two nations over the past decade.
Shane Spyak, staff vice president, sales, EMEAI speaking at the media conference said from March 26, 2018, the airline will operate 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 A330-200 aircraft, recently introduced onto the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding more seats and offering an enhanced on-board experience.
According to him, Delta has made billions of dollars investment in customer service. “We have invested a lot in menu on board. We have well curated menu by our chef and new line of wine was carefully selected. 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.”
It’s a special season for me,” observed Bobby Bryan, commercial director, East and West Africa Delta Airline. “I am happy about what we have achieved in thee last ten years. Nigeria is an important market for us. We appreciate the loyalty of our passengers in the last ten years.”
IN NUMBERS Delta’s 10 Years Flying Lagos To Atlanta
1.12 – Million customers have flown between Nigeria and the United States on Delta’s flights
10 – Most popular cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Washington D.C.,
6,300 – Delta flights operated between Nigeria and the United States
80,000+ – Passengers flown between Nigeria and the United States in 2017
300+ – Delta aircraft featuring Nollywood blockbusters as part of Delta Studio in-flight entertainment
6 – Years of Delta’s Internship Program, offering graduates business experience with Delta in Nigeria
200+ – Students participated in Delta’s Innovation Camp in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria
Lagos forms part of Delta’s Africa network which also includes service to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa.