SHERATON ABUJA HOTEL COMMEMORATES RAMADAN

Marks the Holy Month with exceptional Offers

Abuja, April 30, 2018 Sheraton Abuja Hotel  is glad to unveil its exceptional Ramadan offer for loyal guests and customers.

According to the General Manager of the Hotel –Nouman Irshad “our enriching package during this holy month embodies a special celebration of food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing”. This is the reason we have organized an elaborate Iftar spread at our Papillion Restaurant with full Iftar buffet varieties and favorites at our Iftar table”.

“Our special Iftar menu will consist of delicious original traditional recipes as well as a live cooking station where our diners will enjoy the privilege of seeing firsthand their food being cooked to their desire”.

“We have also come up with a compelling Iftar buffet offer for just NGN9, 999 per person, while our customers may equally enjoy an early bird discount on tickets purchased before the 31st of May 2018”. Purchased tickets will be valid throughout Ramadan and Tickets sales will last until the 31st of May 2018”.

“To further inspire our diners, our Hotel team has organized a grand raffle draw were those participating at our Iftar venues will be eligible on the day of the event to win a selection of prizes ranging from a two nights stay with breakfast for two at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel or a two nights stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos for two with breakfast for two or even a dinner for two at Sheraton Abuja”.

“Families and Friends will be inspired by our dedicated Ramadan spaces where our customers are sure to experience the true ambience of the Holy Month; within a relaxed atmosphere for meditation and prayer”.

“Live proceedings from Mecca will be viewed on a flat Screen Television.

“For those visiting Abuja, our Ramadan room rates will start from as low as NGN39, 999 all-inclusive of taxes and a complimentary Breakfast (Suhoor) alongside free Wi-Fi and access to our pool and Fitness Facilities”.

“We encourage all our loyal Patrons and Customers to a transformative Ramadan Experience at Sheraton Abuja Hotel  as our teams go beyond to make this Holy month truly exceptional” Said the General Manager.

Sheraton Abuja Hotel is located at 1 Ladi Kwali way P.M.B 143, Maitama Abuja, F.C.T Nigeria. T +234 9 461 2000 F +234 9 460 1510 sheratonabuja.com

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Marriott International Reveals Spectacular Seasonal Experiences Across Its Brands In The Middle East And Africa

Enticing offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges & spas; 30% off for loyalty members and 20% off for non-members

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2018 – Marriott International has today unveiled an array of exciting offers for the upcoming hot months so that guests across the Middle East and Africa can enjoy an unforgettable summer. With a mega 30% off available for Marriott International’s loyalty members and 20% off for non-members, offers available across participating hotels, restaurants, lounges and spas from a choice of over 200 hotels are not to be missed.

Whether guests are seeking extraordinary desert, resort or city experiences such as reliving the Bedouin way of life at the only resort in a Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai; to intimate views of the Pyramids at Marriott Mena House, Cairo; hopping onto the ski slopes in the midst of the summer heat when staying at the Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai; or simply lapping up the sun on the luxurious white sand beach at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort – Marriott international has an option suitable for all.

“Time is so valuable for busy people, and through our seasonal offers we are delighted to be able to provide guests with an exceptional opportunity to utilize their time to create memorable experiences at many of our amazing hotels,” said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The summer offers announcement comes hot on the heels of the company’s new unified loyalty program across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) which will launch in August 2018. Members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs – on average 20% more points for every dollar spent.

“This year, we’re recognizing our loyalty members with even better rewards as ongoing appreciation for their continued support – we aim to ensure that our loyal members always have an extraordinary experience beyond the norm and lifelong memories to boot,” he concluded.

Guests can book offers immediately for stays made between May 1, 2018 until September 30, 2018. For more information on participating hotels, experiences and specific deals, please visit: www.wandermore.me

Non-loyalty members are encouraged to join Marriott International’s loyalty program to be able to enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits and offers available at the company’s properties. To sign up for free, visit www.SPG.com, www.Marriott.com and www.RitzCarlton.com.

Registrations for Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018, rebranded to focus on continent’s world-class tourism businesses, now open

Registration has opened for Africa’s Travel Indaba, which will transform Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre into a lively hub of activity from 8 to 10 May 2018 under the banner Africa’s Stories, Your Success.

Owned and managed by South African Tourism, Africa’s Travel Indaba has over the past 37 years established itself as the continent’s premier tourism trade show.

“We are excited to be moving into 2018 with renewed energy and focus following the rebranding of the show as Africa’s Travel Indaba. This new positioning affirms that the show belongs to the entire African travel industry, and that at its heart is stimulating tourism and inclusive economic development on our continent,” said South African Tourism’s Chief Executive Officer, Sisa Ntshona. According to Ntshona, participants have many enhancements to look forward to at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018.

Africa’s Travel Indaba attracts about 7 000 delegates from all over the world, and last year the trade show bustled with more than 1 000 exhibiting businesses from 18 African countries, showcasing an array of travel and tourism offerings to almost 1 500 local and international buyers.

Evelyn Mahlaba, General Regional Manager looking after the Africa region at South African Tourism, added that Africa’s Travel Indaba is an important business to business marketing platform that facilitates business growth for travel trade partners across the continent. Last year’s group of buyers achieved admirable business successes that we hope to build on in 2018 for the benefit of not only South Africa’s tourism industry but also for the continent as a whole.

“We have managed to put together excellent educational for our sales staff with Sun International as well as all-inclusive travel packages that did so well that we sold them all. South African Airways gave us their ITX Fares for packaging and we managed to do an incentive trip for Standard Bank of 104 people to Durban – thanks to Indaba,” says Rob McConaghy, Managing Director at Ulendo Travel Group in Malawi.

Love for Africa, Southern Africa Travel Specialist, operating out of Zimbabwe stated that business picked up because of their participation in last year’s INDABA. “Our business for 2018 is looking phenomenal and our bookings are up. We’ve signed deals with a few more properties in South Africa and have had quite a few of our current clients add South Africa onto their itineraries,” says Erica O’Donnel, Executive Director at Love for Africa.

According to the Business Development Manager, George Ogola, The Continental Travel Group in Kenya was able to confirm a significant amount of bookings in 2017, across hotels, transfers, and excursions, which generated substantial profit for the company.

Steffi Presske, Senior Travel Consultant/Director at Gondwana Tours and Safaris in Botswana expressed an interest to participate in Africa’s Travel Indaba again this year because it is the most important trade show for the company. The company was able to make many new contacts last year and deepen existing partnerships. They have grown immensely since 2017; almost doubling turn over and employing 2 more sales agents.

Buyers from the following countries attended and participated at INDABA last year, Angola, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, said Ntshona, the 2017 event saw more than 20 000 confirmed business matchmaking meetings taking place between businesses and travel buyers – up by 47% over the previous year’s figure.

“This indicates that businesses are extracting value out of their participation in Africa’s Travel Indaba, with an online matchmaking system that closely pairs buyers’ needs with exhibitors’ offerings. This saves time and makes for a more efficient and productive trade show, where networks are expanded and business deals are sealed,” said Ntshona.

“Taking pride of place will be our Hidden Gems pavilion, which will again showcase excellence among tourism businesses from all nine provinces in South Africa.  These businesses may be small in size, but are big on authentic, unforgettable travel experiences. We will also be building on the success of last year’s Lap of Luxury pavilion to roll out the red carpet for a selection of South Africa’s exclusive five-star accommodation offerings, hosted by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA),” Ntshona added.

In light of the water shortage currently affecting the Western Cape (including the iconic city of Cape Town), Ntshona said: “For our industry specifically, we are taking charge and showcasing how we can meet the future now and create the ‘new normal’ in how we do tourism, sustainably and responsibly –  something we have focused on for years. Even with the drought situation in the Western Cape, Cape Town and South Africa are still very much open for tourism business.”

He said the country’s and the continent’s many tourism jewels would be on proud display at Africa’s Travel Indaba. “We invite everyone who is passionate about African travel and tourism development to come and see, meet, network, do business and be inspired at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018. We look forward to being partners in propelling our continent’s tourism industry forward, together.”

NIGERIA MAJOR STOP AS UK TRADE COMMISSIONER EMBARKS ON TOUR OF AFRICA

On Friday February 23rd 2018 the UK’s Africa Trade Commissioner, Emma Wade-Smith, will be visiting Nigeria as part of a wider visit programme to the region, focusing on trade and investment.  Her visit follows a number of senior British ministers across Africa including Foreign Secretary of State, Boris Johnson who visited Nigeria last August with the then Development Secretary; Sir Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Trade, visiting South Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Ethiopia; Harriet Baldwin, the new Minister for Africa who recently concluded a trip to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire; in addition numerous Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys.   What’s clear is that in the 18 months since Britain voted to leave the EU, the UK is serious about their goal to be champions of free, fair and inclusive trade with Africa to mutual benefit.

Commenting on her objectives on visiting West Africa and Nigeria in particular, Emma Wade-Smith said: ‘Nigeria and the UK have a long and solid business relationship.  As our economies evolve, so too does our commercial partnership.  Nigeria is a country of immeasurable prospects.  I want to help more British business people understand the scale and range of opportunities that there are in Nigeria, to build relationships well beyond this vibrant and exciting city’.

The UK Trade Director for West Africa, Kate Rudd, who is based in Lagos covering the region, highlighted the uptick in activity and said, ‘I’m excited to see the level of political will to do something positive and lasting in Africa, there hasn’t been such a high level of engagement in recent times.  It’s vital when Africa is developing so quickly, and the UK is taking a different historic path, that we work together to realise the potential of this great continent, taking our relationship firmly beyond aid because the future really is all about trade’.

‘There is a perceptions issue, but we are challenging that.  It is clear there is more stability, good governance and transparency in West Africa in particular than in the recent past, there are already a good number of British businesses doing well here and adding value to the markets they are present in, but so much more could be done for mutual benefit given the scale of the opportunities on offer.  My team’s role in West Africa is to dispel the myths, provide guidance and introductions, and help increase the value and volume of bilateral deals’.

South African Airways promotes corporate travel with incredible rewards

L-R: Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo and Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics, Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond.

South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class.

According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.”

L-R: Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo; Stella Aghedo, Sales Executive, South African Airways; Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways; Mariam Akinbola, Team Lead, Logistics and Olorunloba Koleosho, Travel Desk Officer both of Stanbic IBTC Bank during the South African Airways Corporate Travel Managers Forum in Lagos.

“In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

South African Airways opened its doors for corporate travel managers to leverage the incredible advantage of flying the airline through either a tripartite partnership which involves the airline, the corporate and a travel management company or otherwise a direct partnership between the airline and the corporates.

The airline reminded the corporates aside flying the Lagos-Johannesburg route with the new A330-300 aircraft with exceptional configurations in both the Business and Economy cabins, passengers do not also require transit visa travelling beyond South Africa to other Southern Africa countries including Mauritius, Maputo, Harare and more where South African Airways has route network.

Sulyman Akinwande of South African Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of South African Airways highlighted the functions of SAA Cargo to include the air freight of general, specialised cargoes and courier services from Lagos across the world.

Mohammed Kwajaffa, Trade Relations Manager, West Africa at South African Tourism showcased South Africa as a fun and adventurous destination rated as the 5th most beautiful country in the world by a recent international ratings report.

South African Airways presented amazing rewards to corporates at the forum which includes a Business Class ticket and free upgrade from Economy to Business Class from Lagos to any destination in South Africa.

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