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AIG held a distinguished celebration to welcome Delta’s first nonstop trip between Amman and New York’s JFK Airport on June 6th, 2008 at QAIA.
The celebration witnessed the arrival and departure of Delta’s first flight and enjoyed the attendance of AIG’s new CEO, Mr. Curtis Grad, in addition to a number of Delta and AIG executives and personnel, with the main feature of the celebration involving a “water arch” by the Civil Defense Airport Fire Service over the Delta plane just prior to docking at the passenger bridge.
CEO of AIG, Curtis Grad said, “We are proud of Jordan’s highly competitive position and outstanding reputation that made the Kingdom a key destination adopted by Global Airlines in its route expansion plans.”
“Delta’s service will strengthen business and tourism links between Jordan and United states,” added Mr. Grad
“We’re proud to be the first US carrier to serve the Jordan – United States market and to bringing forward the opportunity to fly directly to New York through our new non-stop flights which also bring our travelers the addition benefit of links to 40 convenient connections throughout US and Canada,” said Angela Coleman Regional Director Airport Customer Service, EMEA, Delta Airlines.
“Increasing the size and scope of Delta Airline’s international network has been at the cornerstone of our company’s business plan. With the growing traffic between Amman and the U.S, Jordan naturally makes a strategic part of our international planning”, added Coleman
This unprecedented service enables travelers flying from Jordan to benefit from several connections throughout the United States and Canada to business and leisure destinations including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Tampa and Washington. The new flight will also offer opportunities for freight forwarders and cargo shippers transporting commodities such as textiles.
The US$700 million worth rehabilitation and expansion works at QAIA are underway as the new passenger terminal is expected to extend over 85,000 square meters. AIG, under the terms of a 25-year concession agreement, is responsible for the operation of the airport, the rehabilitation of existing facilities and the construction of the new terminal.
AIG is a Jordanian company with private shareholding by Abu Dhabi Investment Company (UAE), Noor Financial Investment Company (Kuwait), Edgo Group (Jordan), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited (Cyprus), J&P-Avax (Greece) and Aéroports de Paris Management (France).