TOURISM: Delta Begin Flights Between Cape Town and Atlanta
Recent Western Cape Business News
Delta Air Lines will begin flying between Cape Town International Airport and its largest hub at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport from June 2009*. During the winter season, the new flight will operate three times weekly via Dakar, Senegal. Delta remains the only U.S. carrier to operate flights between South Africa and the United States, and last week announced plans to operate a daily nonstop service between Johannesburg and Atlanta, also from June 2009*. Cape Town customers will still be able to travel to New York either via Atlanta or Dakar.
Margaret Copeland, commercial manager – South Africa for Delta said, “We are proud to offer the first scheduled flight linking Cape Town, the commercial hub of the Western Cape, to Atlanta, the commercial hub of the Southeastern United States.
“The new flight to Atlanta will offer customers travelling from Cape Town over 150 onward connections to destinations across the U.S. such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando and San Francisco. Passengers can also continue through to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America, including San Juan, Mexico City and Cancun. Our connectivity via Atlanta is a convenience unrivalled by other airlines.
“Atlanta has one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S. and is home not only to Delta, but other strong international brands such as Coca-Cola, CNN and UPS.”
Cargo agents and freight forwarders will also benefit from the flight to Atlanta. Danita Waterfall-Brizzi, regional director – Cargo Sales EMEA and India, said, “Due to the nearly year round warm weather conditions, Cape Town is an important cargo market to North and South America for perishables like fish, flowers and fruits. The move to Atlanta will provide us with increased connectivity within Delta’s U.S. and Latin American networks. We are also pleased to offer Equation Express or Courier traffic to New York-JFK via a same day transfer at our Dakar hub.”
Delta will operate the new flights between Cape Town and Atlanta with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with up to 221 seats in a two-class configuration featuring 36 seats in BusinessElite and 185 in economy class. Customers flying on the new flight will have the opportunity to experience Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service, offering a more personalised, comfortable and entertaining experience with all-leather sleeper seats, in-seat on-demand entertainment, innovative food offerings from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and award-winning, original wine selections chosen by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Delta flights between South Africa and the United States are available for booking via travel agents, Delta’s reservations team on 021-425-7447 (Cape Town), 011-408-8200 (Johannesburg) or online at delta.com.
Delta is the leading airline connecting Africa to the U.S and has unveiled plans to rapidly expand in Africa next year. In addition to the new Cape Town flight, Delta will commence service in June 2009 between Nairobi* and Atlanta via Dakar* (four times weekly), Malabo* and Atlanta via Cape Verde* (once weekly), Lagos* and New York-JFK (four times weekly), Abuja* and Atlanta via Cape Verde* (twice weekly), Luanda* and Atlanta via Cape Verde* (twice weekly) and Monrovia*and Atlanta via Cape Verde* (once weekly). Delta will also replace its current route of Johannesburg-Dakar-Atlanta with a daily nonstop service between Johannesburg and Atlanta using its new Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.* By June 2009, Delta will be the only carrier to operate service between North, East, South and West Africa and the United States and will operate from 12 cities in 10 African countries.
*subject to government approvals
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