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Delta’s Liberia Passengers Will Have to Catch Flight from Accra

first_imgDelta Air Lines last week announced that it has reached agreement on what it calls “an enhanced partnership” with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways (KQ). The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless and convenient connections with Delta’s nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.“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. “Delta recognizes the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian Government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the U.S. with our Kenya Airways partner.”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.Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates 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. SkyMiles 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.Business class passengers connecting through Kotoka International Airport will be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates, and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK. The lounge has capacity for 108 people with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as televisions and shower facilities.Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S. The airline will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.Kenya Airways’ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said: “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. This will provide our guests from Africa with an additional efficient and convenient connection to the U.S. on Delta Air Lines. It ties in with our long-term growth strategy to increase our footprint across the world.”The Monrovia-Accra-New York schedule will leave Monrovia at 18:00 and arrive at 20:00 and arrive in Accra at 20:00. Thereafter, it leaves Accra at 22:35 and arrives at  05:13.Delta’s daily services between Accra and New York are operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, comprising 25 seats in BusinessElite, 29 in Premium Economy and 171 seats in Economy.Once onboard, passengers in the BusinessElite cabin will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration.  Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games and USB power at each seat. All Economy passengers will be provided with a complimentary amenity kit to improve their flight experience.Delta Air Lines operates services to four African cities in four countries. The airline has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to 29 in summer 2014.Passengers travelling from Liberia can book flights to the U.S. on Delta and Kenya Airways via travel agents and Delta’s dedicated reservations teams in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Entertainers Political Figures Lead Pomp and Circumstance for Class of 2014

first_imgCommencement season for colleges and universities in the Baltimore-Washington corridor will feature controversial figures as major entertainers and personalities address the graduates of the class of 2014 and receive honorary degrees.Baltimore native Wes Moore, best- selling author, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur and broadcast executive, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Maryland, College Park, May 16. Moore, a Rhodes Scholar and Johns Hopkins graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement exercises.At the UMD graduation, the list of honorary degrees includes an honorary doctor of public service to be issued to Michael Cryor, chairman of the Board of Visitorsof the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. Cryor, president of The Cryor Group, is a past chairman of the Maryland State Democratic Party and a member of the board of directors of Baltimore Gas & Electric.Patricia L. Schmoke, wife of former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke and a practicing ophthalmologist in Baltimore, will be the commencement speaker at Coppin State University’s graduation ceremony May 17. She earned her undergraduate degree at Coppin State.Dr. Schmoke, a Baltimore native, is a member of Links Incorporated Harbor City Chapter; The Monumental Medical Society; University of Maryland Cancer Center, and a diplomat of the Maryland Board of Ophthalmology.Calvin Butler, chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric, will be the commencement speaker at Morgan State University’s ceremony on May 17. Butler, who received the YMCA’s African American and Hispanic Leadership Award, received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and a law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.Shirley Sherrod, a civil rights activist who was forced to resign as Georgia StateDirector of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture after a maliciously edited video suggested she was a racist, will be the commencement speaker at Sojourner Douglass College graduation exercises June 29 in Baltimore.In D.C., Mother’s Day weekend will mark graduation ceremonies for Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).Entertainment mogul and Howard dropout Sean Combs is to deliver the mainaddress at Howard’s graduation exercises when honorary degrees are to be awarded to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer; Clive Callender, a surgery professor at Howard’s medical school (and the first doctor to perform a transplantat Howard University Hospital); jazz artist Benny Golson, and PepsiCo chairman and chief executive Indra Nooyi.Also on May 11, Mary Frances Berry, former chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will deliver the commencement address at UDC. She also was the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) and has held the posts of provost of the University of Maryland and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.She will join Marie Johns, former Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration, and William R. Spaulding, who served on the first elected D.C. City Council, as UDC honorary degree recipients.On May 19, Norman R. Augustine, regent of the University System of Maryland, will be Bowie State University’s commencement speaker. The event will be held at the Comcast Center in College Park.last_img read more