One of America’s leading airlines, Delta Airlines’ largest hub and headquarters is situated in Atlanta Georgia. With flights landing daily at Johannesburg International Airport, and three other African destinations including: Accra in Ghana, Dakar in Senegal, and Lagos in Nigeria, the airline and its affiliates serve an extensive regional and international network across all six inhabited continents, operating close to 5,400 flights per day.
Setting up its current headquarters in Atlanta Georgia in 1941, Delta Airlines grew its fleet and reputation with the addition of regional routes and acquisitions of other airlines. In 1970, the airline joined international competition in Europe, then made their mark across the Pacific in the 1980s.
Delta completed their integration with former airline, Northwest, in 2010 and is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, operating a joint venture with Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. Regional services operate under the brand Delta Connection.
In 2013, Delta was recorded as the world’s largest airline in terms of scheduled passengers and the second-largest in terms of both revenue and kilometres flown. Operating close to 2 533 regional flights per day, and flying to all major continents across the globe, Delta is also one of the only US air carriers that offers flights into Johannesburg, Accra, Copenhagen, Dakar, Lagos, Moscow, Prague, Reykjavik and Stuttgart.
The 2017 Fleet
- 57 x Airbus A319-100
- 69 x Airbus A320-200
- 11 x Airbus A300-200
- 29 x Airbus A330-300
- 91 x Boeing 717-200
- 10 x Boeing 737-700
- 73 x Boeing 737-800
- 71 x Boeing 737-900ER
- 7 x Boeing 747-400
- 89 x Boeing 757-200
- 23 x Boeing 757-200
- 16 x Boeing 757-300
- 6 x Boeing 767-300
- 58 x Boeing 767-300ER
- 21 x Boeing 767-400ER
- 8 x Boeing 777-200 ER
- 10 x Boeing 777-200LR
- 116 x McDonnell Douglas MD-88
- 65 x Mc Donnell Douglas MD-90-30
Cabin & Flight Classes
Delta Airlines has six main cabin classes, each with their own service offerings, including fresh meals, snacks and beverage services for long-haul flights in all classes. These cabin classes are:
- Basic Economy
- Main Cabin
- Delta Comfort
- First Class
- Delta Premium Select
- Delta One
For more information on what each cabin class offers, visit the official Delta Airlines website.
Delta Air Lines was the first US airline to offer complimentary in-flight entertainment in all cabin classes. With Delta Studio, passengers have access to 1 000 hours of entertainment from personal, seat back screens with the latest movies, television shows – including HBO and SHOWTIME, music, podcasts and games. Delta also offers Wi-Fi services which can be purchased on-board, as well as live streaming via their Gogo Entertainment App.
On most international routes, basic economy class passengers are permitted two checked-in bags, not weighing more than 23kg per bag. Travellers can check in up to 10 bags, but additional costs will be incurred. On regional flights, four bags, not weighing more than 23kg, may be checked in. First Class, Delta Premium and Delta One passengers are allowed to check in three by 32kg bags on several international routes, which can be verified on the Delta Air Lines website.
Passengers are allowed one carry-on bag as well as a personal item, including a handbag, laptop bag etc. Carry-on bags must not exceed: 56 x 36 x 23 cm and must be able to fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front.
Frequent Flyer / Rewards Programme
The airline offers its customers the SkyMiles Programme which follows a tiered benefit scheme. Passengers’ SkyMiles don’t expire and can be earned by booking direct flights with Delta Airlines, or affiliate travel partners, such as Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM and Aeromexico.
SkyMiles can be spent on cabin upgrades, meals and drinks at the Delta Sky Club, entry to exclusive events and more.
Contact Delta Airlines in South Africa
Sales and Marketing: (+27) 11 408 8200
Reservations: 0860 01 8040
223 Beyers Naude Drive, Blackheath, 2195
Cape Town (Ticketing and Sales offices only)
Sales and Marketing: (+27) 21 425 7447
Reservations: 0860 01 8040
17th Floor, Norton Rose House, 8 Riebeek Street, Cape Town
Delta Airlines in the news
Delta Air Lines celebrates a decade of service to the African continent
Leading US air carrier, Delta Air Lines, recently celebrated a momentous achievement in December 2016, having serviced the African continent with non-stop flights from the US for the past 10 years. Operating flights into Accra, Ghana, Dakar, Senegal and Lagos, Nigeria, as well as flights into South Africa’s Johannesburg International Airport, the airline celebrates the consistent success of these routes. Jimmy Eichelgruen, sales director for Africa stated that there are no plans in the foreseeable future, to extend flight routes to Cape Town, despite the airport offering a Delta Air Lines ticketing and sales office.