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Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) announced today that it will replace its current flight from Gauteng to Atlanta via Dakar with a daily nonstop service. The airline is upgrading the aircraft used on the route and plans to operate the new nonstop service with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft beginning 2 June 2009. The aircraft is among the newest in Delta’s fleet and features its 180 degree full flatbed product in the airline’s award-winning BusinessElite class. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to offer nonstop roundtrip service between South Africa and the United States.
This announcement forms part of a major global expansion announced today by the new Delta, the world’s largest airline. The announcement of the launch of 18 new trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic routes in 2009 means that the airline will provide service to nearly all the world’s major travel markets.
Frank Jahangir, Delta’s vice president sales - Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented, “The Johannesburg route is a very important one for Delta. We’ve experienced consistently high load factors in the 80s. We’re upgrading our product to meet the demands of our customers flying from South Africa. Utilising our newest aircraft, the Boeing 777, will allow passengers and cargo to reach their final destination even faster, and our 180 degree full flat product in BusinessElite will ensure business passengers arrive well-rested for their meetings in the U.S. and beyond.”
Margaret Copeland, commercial manager – South Africa for Delta said, “Our existing service is proving popular for both business and leisure passengers, with customers flying to Atlanta having a wide choice of around 150 convenient onward destinations throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The most popular U.S. destinations with passengers include Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago.”
The Boeing 777-200LR features a two-class service with up to 276 seats – 43 BusinessElite seats manufactured by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating that recline to fully horizontal 190.5 cm flat beds in a one-two-one configuration, giving every passenger direct aisle access, and 233 seats in economy. 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 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 flights between South Africa and the United States are available for booking via travel agents, Delta’s reservations team on 011-408-8200 or online at delta.com.
Delta is the leading airline connecting Africa to the U.S and has unveiled plans to rapidly expand in Africa next year. In addition to the nonstop Johannesburg flight, flights will commence in June 2009 between Nairobi* and Atlanta via Dakar (four times weekly), Monrovia* and Atlanta via Cape Verde* (once weekly), Abuja* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (two times weekly), Luanda* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (twice weekly), Malabo* and Atlanta via Cape Verde (once weekly) and Lagos* and New York (nonstop, five times weekly). By June 2009, Delta will be the only carrier to offer service between North, East, South and West Africa and the United States and will operate from 12 cities in 10 African countries. tructure Development Fund (PAIDF).
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