Delta Air Lines, based in the United States, marked its fifth anniversary of nonstop service between the United States and Africa last weekend.
Delta launched its first flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, via Dakar, Senegal, on 04 Dec 2006. A week later, it began serving Accra, Ghana, from its hub at New York-JFK. It was the first major U.S. airline to operate nonstop service between the United States and Africa since Pan Am suspended flights in the 1980s.
In the years since those first historic flights, Delta's Africa service has continued to expand and today the airline is the leading U.S. carrier to Africa, with service to six African cities in five countries.
On 01 Dec 2011, Delta Air Lines expanded its African network to offer nonstop flights between Accra, Ghana, and Abuja, Nigeria, in partnership with Air Nigeria. The service operates twice weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 36 BusinessElite seats, 29 seats in Economy Comfort and 143 seats in Economy.