he American carrier, Delta Air Lines has airlifted at least 1.2 million passengers between the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and its base in United States of America (USA), Atlanta Georgia within 10 years of flying the two cities.
The airline also said unveiled plans to commence Lagos-New York route by March 2018.
Mr. Bob Cortelyou, the Senior Vice President, Network Planning, disclosed this yesterday during a media briefing to mark the airline’s decade of operations into Nigeria.
The airline, which is the only airline operating a non-stop flights between the two cities, commenced the operations on December 4, 2007.
Cortelyou also said that the airline had airlifted over 80,000 passengers in 2017 alone, adding that the airline sell 3,300 seats weekly between the two cities.
He insisted that Lagos route remains a very important one for the operations of the airline and assured that it would continue to provide excellent in-flight services to the travelling public not just on the Lagos route, but on all the cities it flies into.
He said: “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.
“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. By November 10 this year, Delta marked 42 days in a roll without any cancellation of flights in all our entire routes despite having over 800 aircraft in our fleet and serving 306 destinations in 52 countries.”
On the planned Lagos-New York flight, which is scheduled for March next year, Cortelyou explained that would commence with three weekly flights, adding that Airbus A330-200 had been deployed to the route.
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.
He maintained that the airline had operated 6,300 Delta between Nigeria and the United States since it started 10 years ago, adding that in order to lure more Nigerian passengers to its operations, the airline feature Nollywood blockbusters as part of its in-flight entertainment
“Lagos forms part of Delta’s Africa network, which also includes service to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa,” he added.