Delta to launch new service to Nigeria

Judith Bessette
Agosto 22, 2017

United States carrier, Delta Air Lines, said yesterday it will begin three weekly nonstop flights from Lagos to New York's JFK airport, with effect from March 25, 2018.

Delta will compete against the Nigerian carrier Arik Air on the JFK-Lagos flights.

Experts said the exit of Arik from the Lagos-New York route, its only designated designation, has created a vacuum which Delta has cashed in to fill.

In a statement made available to our correspondent in Lagos, the airline said it would operate both its NY and Atlanta routes using an Airbus 330-200 aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi and feature 34 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin.

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Delta VP-New York Henry Kuykendall said the new route to the African continent "joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new transatlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin and Glasgow that began this spring".

Delta's Lagos to New York-JFK flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and the return on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

Delta operated to four cities in Africa: Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; in addition to Lagos, where Delta will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December.

"Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network".

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