By Kenneth Ehigiator
Air Nigeria and Delta Airlines, yesterday, entered into a code-share partnership deal that would extend the reach of both airlines across the globe.
While the Chief Executive Officer of Air Nigeria, Mr. Kinfe Kahssaye, signed for his airline, Delta’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Perry Cancarutti, signed for the American carrier.
With the partnership, Delta Air’s flight between Abuja and New York, via Accra, Ghana, as well as Lagos-Atlanta direct flight will carry Air Nigeria’s VK code, just as Air Nigeria’s flights in its areas of strength in Nigeria and on the West Coast will carry Delta’s flight codes.
What this means is that Air Nigeria will assist the American carrier to distribute its passengers from its anchor points in Lagos and Abuja to other parts of the country.
It will also do same to its destinations in West and Central Africa, while Delta will take Air Nigeria’s passengers to its over 356 destinations across the world.
Air Nigeria’s CEO, Kinfe Kahssaye, described the partnership as one that would make international travel seamless for Nigerians.
He said: “The intent of the partnership is to provide passengers with a wider choice of destinations beyond our individual route network which ties into our vision to continuously make air travel as seamless as possible, by bringing convenience to the doorstep of our customers.”