Delta to launch nonstop service from Lagos to New York

Airline now serves two cities in United States from Nigeria, introducing Airbus A330-200

LAGOS, August 20, 2017 – Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] is launching three weekly nonstop flights from Lagos to New York-JFK, effective March 25, 2018. When combined with the existing four-times a week nonstop service to Atlanta, Delta will offer a daily operation from Nigeria to its U.S. hubs.

The announcement comes as the airline prepares to celebrate 10 years of service to Nigeria in December and remains the only carrier to offer nonstop service between Nigeria and the United States. Delta will operate both its New York-JFK and Atlanta routes using Airbus 330-200 aircraft, which are equipped with Wi-Fi and feature 34 fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin.

“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for Delta over the past 10 years and a mainstay in our African network,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President Transatlantic. “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.”

Delta’s Lagos to New York-JFK flight will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and the return on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Night-time departures from Lagos have been scheduled to offer customers easy connections to more than 60 onward destinations via Delta’s New York-JFK hub including Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Chicago.

“We’re proud to be the only airline to offer service to multiple U.S. destinations from Nigeria. Nigeria is an important market for Delta and this new flight reflects the increased demand for travel between the U.S. and Lagos,” said Jimmy Eichelgruen, Delta’s Commercial Director for Africa, the Middle East and India. “Alongside the increased number of travel options, our service is tailored for our Nigerian customers, offering regional cuisine using local ingredients and showing popular Nollywood blockbusters as part of our inflight entertainment.”

Highlights of Delta’s Lagos to New York-JFK and Atlanta on-board service include:

  • Fully flat-bed seats in the Delta One cabin, arranged in a ‘herringbone’ configuration with individual aisle access.
  • Chef-curated meal options in Delta One, featuring locally sourced ingredients and regionally-inspired meals in the Main Cabin, served with complimentary beverages.
  • TUMI amenity kits in Delta One, plus a sleep kit with travel essentials for passengers in the Main Cabin.
  • Complimentary in-flight entertainment with Delta Studio at every seat, featuring Nollywood movies as well as Hollywood titles, hundreds of hours of TV, music and games.
  • Wi-Fi available for purchase
  • RFID checked bag tracking updates direct to mobile devices

Delta is the leading U.S. airline in Africa and flies to four African cities:  Accra, Ghana, Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Lagos. The airline also has sales offices in a number of additional markets, including Kenya and Uganda.

 

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 329 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

 

 

UK Department of International Trade Announces Arrival of new Trade Director for West Africa

The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) in Nigeria, and the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, is delighted to welcome the new West Africa Trade Director, Kate Rudd, to spearhead bilateral trade activity in the region. Kate is based in the financial capital, Lagos, covering UK-Africa trade in the coastal countries from Senegal to Gabon. She’s looking forward to become more acquainted with the culture and business of Nigeria and the wider region.

After beginning her career in the private sector at KPMG, Kate has served in Her Majesty’s Government for over 14 years and comes to Lagos directly from Khartoum where she was Deputy Ambassador.  Prior to that Kate was HM Consul General in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and was head of the British trade team in Baghdad, Iraq. While at KPMG in London Kate specialised in the telecom industry and completed a Masters in International Business.  She has also worked and studied in Japan and Hong Kong.

On her arrival, Kate said “I’m delighted to have arrived in vibrant Lagos to increase bilateral trade and investment in Nigeria and the coastal countries from Senegal to Gabon.  Until last month I was Deputy Ambassador in Khartoum, Sudan and have worked and travelled in Africa.  West Africa is new to me, so I very much look forward to exploring this fascinating part of the continent alongside forging new business relationships and growing bilateral trade

The Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting Britain’s exports abroad, attract inward investment, formulate trade policy and protect the UKs closest trading relationships.

Follow Kate on Twitter @KateElmesRudd, HM Government profile:  https://www.gov.uk/government/people/kate-rudd

 

For further information contact:

Gbemi Sikuade| Engagement & Communications Officer, West Africa | Department for International Trade | Nigeria | 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos| Tel: +234 (0)812 810 8740 +234 (1) 277 0780-2 Ext – 326 2287 |E-mail: gbemisola.sikuade@fco.gov.uk

 

Looking for a Perfect Vacay Spot? 6 Reasons to Visit Durban

Feeling stressed and you’re looking for the perfect getaway without breaking the bank? A lot of people don’t know the potential that African tourism industry has to offer and we have to be able utilize what we have to make Africa great. Known for its warm climate and luxurious beaches, Durban is the busiest and largest urban area in the South African province of KwaZulu – Natal. The Durban experience offers one of the best dining, entertainment attractions and hospitality centres in Africa.

1. Explore the array of dishes at the Roma Revolving Restaurant.

Known for its classic elegance, it’s located on the top of John Ross House and designed to rest on top of a revolving platform. The restaurant offers panoramic 360 degree view of Durban city and has this old school feel and design. The extensive array of dishes, specialities and wine list earns an A+ for the restaurant. It will cost about 400 rands (9000 naira) for a table for two, depending on the menu items.

2. Place a bet on your horse at Durban July.

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If you love betting, then this is for you.  Durban July is one of the largest horse racing events held in Greyville racecourse annually. The entrance tickets or the event is 220 rands, (6000 Naira) packages are usually given out at different hospitality centre at the events. When the event is not happening, the entry into Greyville is free and you can book a table for 180 rands. (4800 Naira)

 

3. Take part of the luxurious lifestyle at Wild Coast Sun

Wild Coast Sun offers so many family friendly activities and attractions inside the resort; there are some of the best water ride parks at the Wild Waves Water Park, The Magic Company at Aloha offers interactive video games and you and your kids can try your hands at bowling at the Cosmic Ten Pin Bowling. There are also activities offered to adults i.e. Quad biking, the casino and others. The room rate starts as low as 1570 rands (4000 Naira) and features free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, spa and shuttle buses to attractions.

4. Take in the local life at Victoria Street Market.

Do you want to experience Durban’s culture and people? This is the perfect place to spend the day, there are over 170 stalls that showcases different aspects of the Durban culture they have saris, scarves, arts and crafts, woven blends for reasonable prices, and what makes the market so special is the array of African and Indian spice blends. The market makes you appreciate the beauty of the culture.

5. Go on a boat cruise at Durban North Beach

You can enjoy the boat cruise with family and friends at the Durban North Beach, there is also a booze cruise, if you’re into something like that. The promenade is a paved walkway linking Blue Lagoon in the north with Addington in the South. Apart from the boat cruise, you can also take a rickshaw ride around the beachfront.  The beach also allows skateboarding, surfing, body boarding, swimming and sunbathing – an all-in-one package.

6. Shop till you drop at Gateway Mall

Welcome to Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the largest mall in Africa! Gateway Theatre of Shopping or Gateway is a shopping centre located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It has been twice hailed as the shopping centre of the year. Check out their latest sales and discounts at the various stores in the Gateway Mall.

 

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Savouring the smooth delivery of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service

Savouring the smooth delivery of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali’s (RTD) address during the joint stakeholders forum on improved service delivery organised by the Nigeria Customs Service and Oil & Gas Free Zones Authority in the morning in Onne Multi purpose centre Oil & Gas Free Zone, Onne Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria. #trade#globaltrade #worldtradeorganisation#documentary #nigeria #africa