Delta Air records rising demand in Nigeria

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By Alex C

US major carrier, Delta Airlines, says it is enjoying a remarkable patronage of its flights from Nigeria to the United States of America.

The company this month marked its seventh year anniversary since the start of its daily non-stop service between Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is the only US carrier to operate daily year round service between Nigeria and the United States.

“Delta’s flight between Lagos and Atlanta has remained solid, and we have been seeing load factors averaging around 80 percent. The top US destinations that our customers from Nigeria have been travelling to include Houston, Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York and this year alone we have carried some 100,000 passengers,” Bobby Bryan, Delta’s commercial manager East and West Africa, said at an annual media roundtable in Lagos.

Bryan said Delta had flown over 770,000 passengers since its first service from Nigeria to the US in 2007.

“It’s incredible to think that is equivalent to the population of the city of Abuja,” he said.

Delta operates flights between Lagos and Atlanta with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with up to 208 seats in a two-class configuration featuring 36 seats in BusinessElite, offering fully flat-bed seats with direct aisle and 179 seats in economy class.

Customers flying in Economy Comfort, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Economy class seats, as well as priority boarding.

Other product initiatives being rolled out across Delta’s international fleet include the expansion of Wi-Fi service by the end of 2016.

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