Delta Air Lines is celebrating its fifth anniversary of nonstop service between the United States and Africa, a historic milestone for the airline that today is a leading international carrier with a world-class global network.
Delta launched its first flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, via Dakar, Senegal, on Dec. 4, 2006. A week later, it began serving Accra, Ghana, from its hub at New York-JFK. It was the first major U.S. airline to operate nonstop service between the United States and Africa since Pan Am suspended flights in the 1980s.
In the years since those first historic flights, Delta’s Africa service has continued to expand and today it is the leading U.S. carrier to Africa, with service to six African cities in five countries.
“Five years ago, Delta saw an opportunity in Africa to offer our customers access to a region that had long been overlooked by U.S. carriers,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network Planning, Revenue Management and Marketing. “Today Africa has become a key part of our international network, and we’re committed to continued long-term growth in the region.”
On Dec. 1, Delta again expanded its African network to offer nonstop service between Accra, Ghana, and Abuja, Nigeria, in partnership with Air Nigeria(1). The service operates twice weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 36 BusinessElite seats, 29 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 seats in Economy.
“Despite our success in Africa, we’re not standing still,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We continue to look for new opportunities to serve this fast-growing market, and I expect Africa to be an exciting part of Delta’s long-term growth.”