American airline Delta will reinstate its longest non-stop flight – from Atlanta to Johannesburg – in August, Freight News has heard from a reliable source.
The announcement marks a major bounce-back for the service which was discontinued more than a year ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Atlanta flights will leave for Johannesburg on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with return legs planned for Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Delta has also reinstated flights to Accra, Senegal and Nigeria – destinations to which it already flies almost 20 times weekly.
Senior vice-president for network planning at the airline, Joe Esposito, said they were thrilled to return to South Africa which they had serviced for 15 years.
In addition to the direct flight from Atlanta, European customers can access Delta’s South African service through its hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.
The Johannesburg service will see Delta introducing the A350-900 – a debut for one of the airline’s newest aircraft.