Leading American carrier, Delta Airlines, will, next March, commence direct flight operations from New York’s JFK Airport to Lagos. The flight service, which will be three times weekly, will begin on 24 March 2018, complementing the existing four times weekly service from Atlanta.
Mr. Henry Kuykendall, Delta Airline’s Vice President, New York, stated that New York’s JF Kennedy Airport is one of the airline’s gateways to the world.
“We’re proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos. This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin, and Glasgow that began this spring. We’re proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve the more than 27 million Delta customers that pass through New York every year,” he said.
The airline’s New York-JFK – Lagos service is scheduled, on flight number DL415, to depart New York on at 10.pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, arriving Lagos at 2:05 p.m. the next day. DL215 will depart Lagos 10:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, arriving New York-JFK at 5:30 am the next day.
The flying experience between New York-JFK and Lagos will be on the Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring 34 lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access in Delta One, 32 in Delta Comfort+ and 168 seats in the Main Cabin. The experience also includes complimentary meals, including chef-curated and locally sourced fare and beverages in all cabins.
In addition, passengers in Delta One cabin will enjoy Westin Heavenly in-flight bedding, noise-canceling LSTN headphones, and TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 premium skincare products.
Delta Airlines is the preeminent U.S. airline in Africa and flies to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lagos, where it will mark its 10th anniversary of service in December.
Mr. Dwight James, Delta Airlines’ Senior Vice President –Trans-Atlantic, said Nigeria is an important market for the carrier.
“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network. As we look ahead to the next decade, we are improving the product offering with the A330 and increasing the number of seats from Lagos,” he said.