Lagos-New York route: Delta airlifts 60, 000 passengers at first anniversary


..says it had 84% load factor

Posted by Sade Williams

Delta has marked a successful first 12 months of flying between Lagos-New York as it airlifted 60,000 passengers during the period.

The nonstop flight started on March 26, 2018 and operates three times a week. Delta also flies nonstop between Lagos and Atlanta four times a week, meaning Nigerians have a daily connection to the United States.

According to the airline, over the past year, Delta’s Lagos-New York-JFK service has had an average load factor of 84%, welcomed almost 60,000 customers onboard and had seen the most popular onward connections to Baltimore, Dallas, Chicago and Boston.

“Nigeria is an important market for Delta and offering the choice of flying to either New York or Atlanta enables us to better serve our customers. Flying nonstop to these hubs offer a wealth of connecting options across the United States and beyond.  Delta has served Nigeria for 11 years and we’re proud to continue being the only U.S. carrier flying between our nations”, Bobby Bryan, Delta’s Commercial Director East and West Africa, said.

The airline said that Delta’s flights from New York and Atlanta are conveniently timed to depart at the end of the day enabling customers to maximise their time in the United States.

The flights are operated using Delta’s Airbus A330 fleet with upgraded interiors, including flat-bed seats in the Delta One business class cabin. The airline also offers premium customers complimentary lounge access, plus the ability to choose their meal in advance of their flight.

Throughout the aircraft, Delta serves regional cuisine and a variety of complimentary beverages. There’s also free in-flight entertainment including Nollywood movies, plus on-demand Wi-Fi connectivity through which customers have access to free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Delta’s nonstop flight between Lagos and New York-JFK is scheduled as follows:

Flight      Departs                 Arrives

DL 215   Lagos at 23:15 New York-JFK at 05:30 (next day)

DL 214        New York-JFK at 22:55  Lagos at 14:35 (next day)

Delta’s nonstop flight between Lagos and Atlanta is scheduled as follows:

Flight                       Departs                        Arrives

DL 55            Lagos at 22:25   Atlanta at 05:30 (next day)

DL 54              Atlanta at 22:40        Lagos at 15:20 (next day)

Delta is the largest carrier in both Atlanta and New York-JFK, with customers travelling on Delta’s services from Nigeria able to conveniently connect the same day to more than 200 destinations in the United States and beyond.

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