The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways, a SkyTeam partner.
“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless connections from Monrovia to Accra while Delta will offer nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
This service replaces Delta’s three-times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana.
Passengers connecting onto Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways will enjoy through check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia, collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States.
These passengers will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the Delta flight to New York.
Delta staff will be on hand to ease the connecting customer process and the transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one and a half hours.
Sky Miles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, and lounge access on both airlines.
“This strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines enhances our presence in West Africa and cements our position as Africa’s premier airline.
By providing a seamless connection from Liberia to Delta’s Accra to New York service, it significantly boosts Kenya Airways’ efforts to link Africa to the rest of the world,” KQ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said.
Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the US.