Delta Air Lines, the leading airline between the United States and Africa says it is pleased with the transportation of 2 million passengers on its Africa services.
Delta, which operates direct flights from the U.S. to seven African cities in six countries, launched its first African services in December, 2006 and today offers more than 6,800 weekly seats to and from Africa and the United States.
"We are delighted to reach this major milestone in our African operations as we mark our fourth anniversary of service to Africa," said Perry Cantarutti, Delta's senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa. "In four years, we have grown our operations in Africa from 22 weekly departures in December 2006, to more than 60 planned by January 2011. Africa remains a key part of Delta's international network strategy and we look forward to expanding our operations with service to Luanda starting in January next year."
Since 2006, Delta has transported: 647,205 passengers to and from Senegal; 465,173 passengers to and from South Africa; 333,573 passengers to and from Nigeria; 322,457 passengers to and from Ghana; 235,451 passengers to and from Egypt and 1,047 passengers to and from Liberia.
Delta is the only airline to operate bi-directional nonstop service between South Africa and the United States; to fly direct to the U.S. from two Nigerian Cities, Lagos and Abuja; and to fly nonstop from Accra to two U.S. cities, Atlanta and New York JFK.
Delta is also the only airline to operate direct service between Liberia and the United States and from January 2011 will be the only airline to operate scheduled service to the U.S. from Angola.
From its hubs in Atlanta and New York JFK, Delta offers more onward connections throughout the United States and beyond than any other airline linking Africa and the U.S.
Delta has recently announced an investment of US$2 billion in enhanced airport facilities and global products and services through 2013.
Once completed, Delta will offer full flat-bed seats on more than 100 trans-oceanic aircraft, including all Boeing 777s, 767s and 747s, and will feature personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights.
The airline has also recently commenced a project to expand and enhance Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy Airport, to create a state-of-the-art facility to enhance the customer experience particularly for passengers flying from Accra, Dakar and Cairo traveling via New York JFK.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year.
With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 358 destinations in 66 countries on six continents.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft.
Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.