Delta marks 10 years of service to Nigeria

LAGOS, December 4, 2017 – Delta Air Lines [NYSE:DAL] today marked its 10th anniversary of nonstop service between Lagos and Atlanta. Launched on December 4, 2007, Delta remains the only, U.S. airline to fly nonstop between Nigeria and the United States and has carried more than 1.1 million passengers between the two nations over the past decade.

“It’s an honour to serve Lagos. For 10 years it has been an important route in our trans-Atlantic network not only for the business community, but also for customers reuniting with friends and families across the United States,” said Bob Cortelyou, Delta’s senior vice president – Network Planning. “With this milestone comes a new flight to New York-JFK starting in March and our customers can be sure we remain as committed as ever to delivering the very best in terms of network, schedule and on-board experience in Nigeria.”

Team Delta Air Lines with the Nigerian media

From March 26, 2018, the airline will operate daily service between Lagos and the United States, with four weekly services to Atlanta complemented by three new weekly flights to New York-JFK. Both routes will be operated using A330-200 aircraft, recently introduced onto the Lagos-Atlanta route, adding more seats and offering an enhanced on-board experience.

Left to Right – Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director – Sales, AMEI presents Delta Air Lines Certificate of Recognition to Olufemi Adefope, Managing Director, Skylogistics (Delta GSA in Nigeria) while Shane Spyak, Staff Vice President, Sales, EMEAI all of Delta Air Lines looks on during the media event of Delta Air Lines 10th year anniversary service to Nigeria.

In addition to fully flat-bed seats in Delta One, Wi-Fi access, screens at every seat and free-mobile messaging throughout the aircraft, Delta’s services between Lagos and Atlanta are tailored to meet the preferences of local customers. This includes regionally inspired cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, offering a wider selection of sodas and fruit juices, and showcasing Nigeria’s vibrant film industry.

Left to Right – Bobby Bryan, Commercial Director, East and West Africa; Shane Spyak, Staff Vice President, Sales, EMEAI; Olufemi Adefope, Managing Director, Skylogistics (Delta GSA in Nigeria); Bob Cortelyou, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Jimmy Eichelgruen, Director – Sales, AMEI all of Delta Air Lines during the media event of Delta Air Lines 10th year anniversary service to Nigeria.

By numbers:  Delta’s 10-years in Lagos:

1.12 – Million customers have flown between Nigeria and the United States on Delta’s flights

10 – Most popular cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Washington D.C.,

6,300 – Delta flights operated between Nigeria and the United States

80,000+ – Passengers flown between Nigeria and the United States in 2017

300+ – Delta aircraft featuring Nollywood blockbusters as part of Delta Studio in-flight entertainment

6 – Years of Delta’s Internship Program, offering graduates business experience with Delta in Nigeria

200+ – Students participated in Delta’s Innovation Camp in partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria

Lagos forms part of Delta’s Africa network which also includes service to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information and to book travel, customers should contact Delta’s reservation office at 01 279 9000, see delta.com or visit their local travel agent.

 

 

 

 

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 seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 306 destinations in 52 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, São Paulo, 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.

SAHCOL WINS GNPN AWARD AS BEST AVIATION HANDLING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company limited, SAHCOL has been honoured with the Grassroots Newspapers Publishers Network Award, as “Best Aviation Handling Company of the year 2017.”

The award was presented to the Managing Director of SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, in his office, by Comrade Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer of the Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network (GNPN), who represented the National President, Dr. Dan Awana.

Maduike Ifeoma of GNPN presenting a Certificate of excellence to Rizwan Kadri, MD/CEO. SAHCOL

In a brief speech read on behalf of the National President of the Grassroots Publishers Network, in the presence of the Executive Members of GNPN, Southern Council, and Management staff of SAHCOL, the Publishers disclosed that, the award to SAHCOL is special and unique in every sense because it is being presented to a very special Nigeria Company that has proved beyond all doubts that democracy is truly improving the lives of the masses.

Dr. Awana said that, Grassroots Newspaper Publishers Network represent the vibrant media constituency of Community Newspaper Practitioners {Publishers}.

According to the President, “our mandate is basically to recognize, promote, celebrate and elevate our distinguished personalities in all spheres of life who have brought fame, glory; honour and unity to Nigeria, while at the same time carry out some investigative reports in order to balance our publications.”

He added that the GNPN also disseminate well-researched information, while bringing the policies and programmes of government to the grassroots that they serve and the challenges of the rural community to the government, stressing that they are the ‘BRIDGE’ between the government and the local masses.

Explaining the reason for the choice of SAHCOL as recipient for the 2017 award, Dr. Dan Awana pointed out that, “SAHCOL was selected by all Grassroots (Community) Newspaper as the ‘Best Aviation Handling Company of the Year 2017’ because of the remarkable changes, improvements & value added to aviation development.”

He said, “SAHCOL is emerging as the most highly regarded and fastest growing ground handling company in Nigeria, slowly and steadily, having undergone and received equipment and facilities that matches with the very best anywhere in the world.”

The MD/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Basil Agboarumi, General Manager, Corporate Communications & IT(3rd & 4th from Left), Eseosa Oviawe, Special Assistant to MD/CEO, SAHCOL (1st Right), Ike Abiagom, National Public Relations Officer GNPN, (2nd Left), Maduike Ifeoma, (5th Left), and other Executive Members of the GNPN.

Similarly, the SAHCOL General Manager, Corporate Communications, Basil Agboarumi, was also honoured with an ‘Excellence Media Award Plague’, ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a Medal, for his “Diligent Service to Humanity, and Outstanding Contributions towards the Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria.”

In his response, the Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri, thanked GNPN for finding SAHCOL worthy for the awards, stating that, recognition of this form “tells you that you must be serious to tackle more challenges to come, as the expectations from people become more demanding than before.”

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited is a SIFAX Group IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certified Aviation Ground Handling Company, providing services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Aviation Security, Baggage reconciliation, Hospitality/Lounge services, and other related Ground Handling Services, in all the commercially operated airports across Nigeria.

 

SAHCOL TAKES OVER ALLIED AIR AND UPS HANDLING OPERATIONS

The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited SAHCOL has again consolidated on its rising profile as the Ground Handling Company of choice in Nigeria by adding Allied Air and United Parcel Service (UPS) to her estimable list of clientele.

The relocation of Allied Air operations to SAHCOL took effect from 2nd October, 2017, making SAHCOL the official Ground Handling partner to the airline’s Ramp and Cargo operations across Nigeria. Allied Air, which commenced operation in 1998 as a Nigerian national flag Cargo Airline carrier, is designated on numerous routes across Africa under the Bi-lateral Services agreement and is the first IOSA certified Cargo Airline in Nigeria.

Additionally, the United Parcel Services (UPS) has moved its cargo warehousing services to SAHCOL, consequently making SAHCOL the hub of UPS consignment warehousing.

UPS, which was founded in 1907, is a package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solution in more than 175 countries and territories worldwide.

The commencement of UPS operation at the SAHCOL warehouse on the 7th of November, 2017, was graced by crème de la crème in the aviation freight/cargo business.

Testimonies from clients who have at various times relocated their businesses to SAHCOL proves that satisfaction gained from doing business with SAHCOL is second to none in the Nigerian Aviation Ground Handling Services.

“CEREMONY TO MARK UPS OPENING OF NEW HUB IN SAHCOL: (L-R) Customs DC Admin, B.Z Adebayo; Managing Director/CEO, SAHCOL, Rizwan Kadri; Managing Director, UPS, West Africa, Mark Martyn-Fisher; President, UPS, Indian Sub-Continent, Middle East & Africa,Jean-Francois Condamine;& Brokerage Manager, Africa, James Gathira.”

SAHCOL is not resting on it oars, as it is poised to continue to partner with its clients in making Aviation Ground Services in Nigeria be at par with global best practices.

SAHCOL, a member of the SIFAX Group of companies, is an Aviation Ground Handling company, offering services in Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew Bus and Executive Lounge services and other related Ground Handling services; while ensuring that Ground Handling assignment is carried out in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, by deploying appropriate tools.

 

BASIL AGBOARUMI.
General Manager,
Corporate Communications & IT,
Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL)
Email: basilagboarumi@sahcol.com;
Tel: +234(0)8099940600;
Date: 10th November, 2017.

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