Delta Airline partners Air Nigeria

Delta Airlines, the first airline to fly direct from Ghana to the United States of America (USA) after the demise of Ghana Airways, has partnered Air Nigeria to start its services between Accra and Abuja.

The service, which starts from December I, 2011, will be a by weekly flight using a Boeing 767300ER aircraft, equipped with 36 business elite seats, 29 seats in economy comfort and 143 seats in economy.

Announcing this at a news conference as part of the 5th anniversary celebration of the airline's services in Ghana, Delta Airline's Sales Manager for West and East Africa, Mr Bobby Bryan, said “the new Abuja Flight is great news for customers and means Delta now offers non-stop service from Accra to four international cities reflecting our commitment to this market.”

He said, “With the ongoing support of our partner, Air Nigeria, our Abuja service will provide more travel options for our Ghanaian customers, as well as facilitate business and commerce between Ghana and Nigeria.”

Mr Bryan said the airline was making huge investments in its operations in its quest to maintain its position as one of the leading airlines in the world.

“We have committed about US$2 billion to revamp our operations, all in an effort to give customers the best of service and to make them comfortable and safe using our airline to any destination in the world,” he said.

Mr Bryan mentioned the investments it was making in Ghana as the construction of two new gates at the Kotoka International Airport to allow its customers to have an excellent feel before boarding.

“This investment we make here in Ghana is a clear demonstration of our commitment to do business in Ghana and the rest of the countries on the continent,” he said.

About the other services the airline intends to provide from next month, he said the airline would have a full flat-bed on its Accra - New York service from next month and also fully celebrate its fifth anniversary since it began operations in South Africa; Ghana and Senegal to the United States.

The acting Director of Commerce for Air Nigeria, Mr Olumide Odebiyi, said Air Nigeria, in partnership with Delta Air lines, was poised towards making air transport accessible by developing new routes and linking same to its existing routes network to better serve the demands of passengers.

“Air Nigeria is committed towards providing convenient travel options to boost trade relations in the sub region especially on the Accra and Abuja route and beyond to further enhance the service options available to the travelling public throughout Ghana,” he added.

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