Delta Air Lines Announces Service between Nairobi and Atlanta
Only U.S. carrier to operate flights between Kenya and the United States
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) - the only major U.S. carrier to operate scheduled services to Africa &endash; has announced it will launch direct flights between Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport* and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, via Dakar, Senegal effective 3 June 2009. The four-times weekly flight will be the only service to the United States from Kenya operated by a U.S. carrier and will offer passengers convenient connections via Delta's Atlanta hub to around 150 business and leisure destinations throughout the United States including Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, this new flight will improve connections between the African nations of Senegal and Kenya, by providing passengers with the option of travelling to Dakar.
Speaking about the new service, Bobby Bryan, Delta's commercial manager for West and East Africa said: "We are excited to pioneer new routes that expand our global reach and add convenience to the lives of our customers. The new direct service will offer many important travel options for business and leisure travellers thanks to the convenience of Delta's connections via Atlanta and will also serve to increase commercial ties between Kenya and the United States by providing a convenient travel option for the thousands of American tourists wanting to discover the beauty of Kenya each year, helping to boost the country's growing economy. Furthermore, this service will be the only air service operated from Kenya to the United States and for freight forwarders and cargo shippers, the route will expedite shipments of goods throughout the United States."
Delta will operate the new flights between Nairobi and Atlanta with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with up to 217 seats in a two-class configuration featuring 36 seats in BusinessElite, Delta's award-winning business class service and 181 in economy class. Customers flying on the new flight will have the opportunity to experience Delta's award-winning BusinessElite service, offering a more personalised, comfortable and entertaining experience with all-leather sleeper seats, in-seat on-demand entertainment, innovative food offerings from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and award-winning, original wine selections chosen by Delta's Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Delta is the leading airline connecting Africa to the U.S and has unveiled plans to rapidly expand in Africa next year. In summer 2009 Delta will commence service between Nairobi* and Atlanta via Dakar (four times weekly), Malabo* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (once weekly), Lagos* and New York-JFK (five weekly service), Abuja* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (twice weekly), Luanda* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (twice weekly) and Monrovia*and Atlanta via Cape Verde (once weekly). Delta has also announced plans to replace its current route of Johannesburg-Dakar-Atlanta with a nonstop service between Johannesburg and Atlanta using its new Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. By summer 2009, Delta will be the only carrier to operate service between North, East, South and West Africa and the United States and will operate from 12 cities in 10 African countries.
Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its NWA subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 376 destinations worldwide in 66 countries and serve more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta's marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta and its 75,000 worldwide employees are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. For further information on Delta log onto delta.com.
A portion of travel for some itineraries beyond Atlanta may be operated by Delta Connection© carriers Comair and Freedom Airlines.
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