Starting on March 24, 2018, Delta Airlines will begin service between New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, Nigeria. Delta will operate three flights per week from JFK to LOS in addition to the four weekly flights it operates between Atlanta and LOS.

“JFK is one of Delta’s gateways to the world, and we’re proud to make that world a little smaller with the launch of service to Lagos,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Vice President New York. “This new route to the African continent joins existing service from JFK to Dakar and Accra, and follows new trans-Atlantic routes to Lisbon, Berlin, and Glasgow that began this spring. We’re proud to continue to grow and refine our network to serve more than 27 million customers that pass through New York each year.”

Flight DL415 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. It will depart JFK at 22:50 and arrive in LOS at 14:05 the next day. Flight DL215 will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It will leave LOS at 22:30 and arrive at JFK at 5:30 the next day. The schedule allows flights to arrive at its destination in the morning or early afternoon with enough time for the plane to be cleaned for a late-night turnaround.

Delta will operate an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 234 seats on the route. The aircraft feature 34 lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in Delta One, 32 seats in Delta Comfort+, and 168 seats in the main cabin. Complimentary meals and beverages will be served in each cabin, including chef-curated and locally sourced fare. Delta One customers will also receive Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, noise-canceling LSTN headphones, and TUMI amenity kits.

“Nigeria has been a strategically important market for us over the past 10 years and is a mainstay in our African network,” said Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President Trans-Atlantic. “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 is the leading US airline in Africa. It currently flies to Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lagos. In December, Delta will mark its 10th anniversary of service to Lagos.

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