Delta Opens the Sky
Publication Date: September 6, 2010 – 2:10pm
Alva Mulbah Wolokollie
With Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL) flight 135 finally touching down on Liberian soil from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in the United States, passengers on either end of the connection will at least save themselves those sleepless hours of transit in Europe, if not few extra dollars.
The arrival of the US airliner, at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, also signifies an important milestone in the bilateral relations between US and Liberia. At the inaugural ceremony held yesterday at the RIA presidential lounge, for the arrival of Delta flight, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that the presence of Delta Airlines in the country opens the sky for investment climate in the country.
Cutting the inaugural ribbon at the occasion, she expressed confidence that the operation of the flight in the country would improve trade, commerce, and business in the Liberian economy.
She observed that the country is witnessing a rebirth on the resumption of Delta’s flight to Liberia, adding that it is a testament to Delta’s confidence in the stability of the new Liberia, and its belief in the growing strength of the Liberian market and economy. She extended appreciation to Liberians for their patience, support and understanding for the new security arrangement at the airport.
The President indicated that Delta’s direct service to the country addresses a critical need by affording Liberians a chance to travel directly to the United States, thus eliminating the countless hours spent waiting in transit in Europe, for onward connecting flights.
Madam Sirleaf lauded Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and Mr. Robert L. Johnson, for opening the door for investment in Liberia.
Delta Airlines vice president Perry Cantarutti, for his part, mentioned that the new flight between Monrovia and Atlanta significantly expands international travel options for Liberian customers and underscores Delta’s ongoing commitment to Africa.
He informed Liberians that Delta was proud to launch the only direct service to the U.S from Liberia, which would serve to strengthen business and tourism links between the U.S. and the fast-growing African economy.
Following 20 years of hectic routing to the United States through Europe, Delta’s direct service to Atlanta would save passengers considerable time, no longer having to fly through Europe. Passengers will have access to about 150 destinations via Atlanta, more than offered at any other U.S. gateway.
The 16-hour flight will be operating using 215-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, equipped with 34 Business Elite seats and 181 seats in economy. Additionally, customers can reach about 150 connections throughout the United States and beyond from Atlanta, to cities including New York-JFK, Washington, D.C., Boston and Chicago. The flight is expected to fly Monrovia once weekly and will be monitoring demand for the route very carefully and will look at the potential to increase the number of flights.
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