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Jennifer Obiuwevbi of BellaNaija in Atlanta for Delta Airlines - BellaNaija - August2015 (14)Hey BellaNaijarians! I’m finally back from my trip to Atlanta courtesy of Delta Air Lines, and boy was it a great visit. From great food and being treated like royalty to getting to know the nooks and crannies of aviation – it was so much fun I didn’t think I’d be able to pack it all into one post. But don’t worry, I’ll do my best.

My journey kicked off at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. After I met up with my travel companions – Tope Ogbeni-Awe of TopComm (Delta Airlines Media Agency in Nigeria), Onnaedo of Pulse NG, Obinna of Business Day, Shola of The Nation, I was set to take on Atlanta. A Delta Air Lines Service Officer, Henry, came up and took us through what would usually be a mind-numbing process of immigration and check-in in minutes. Before long I had started to feel like a business class passenger already. Oh, I’m sorry, did I forget to mention I was flying as Sky Priority? 🙂

A while later we were wining & dining in style at the Oasis Lounge. I should fly business more often if I’m going to get free food and drinks, plus a chance to sit back and relax while waiting for a flight scheduled for 10:30PM.

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At about 9:45 p.m Henry shows up and tells us they’re boarding. The Economy Class Passenger in me jumped up and was grabbing my bags, when he told me to slow down. “Relax, relax…you don’t have to leave now. You can still wait“. The feeling I had at that point can’t be put into words. Let’s just call it – “ehhhennn“. I sat back and sipped my wine – money good oh!

After eventually getting up and heading over to check-in I was finally all seated an ready to fly to Ciara‘s hometown. For some reason I had hoped I would bump into her, or at least run into Future and give him some good ‘ol unsolicited Nigerian advice on how he lost a good woman. Oh well, at this point I had champagne in my hand, a pillow behind my head, a menu of delicious treats to looks over and the road ahead was looking good. See you in Atlanta!

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I had 4 delicious meals. Can I fly business class everyday? Pretty please! *bats eyelashes*

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Breakfast was my favourite!

Momma, I made it!

The flight was smooth and hassle free – somehow they managed to make a flight of 11 hours look more like 6. We had a great landing and were ushered into the immigration line. After scanning my documents at the immigration officers desk, collecting my bag post-Police Dog Sniff, and getting stamped in, which literally took 30 minutes, it was time to head to the hotel.

All the episodes of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta in the world could not have prepared me for culture change. People in Atlanta are so friendly. Unlike the cat fights I see on TV – they give you warm smiles. And when someone smiles at you, it doesn’t mean it’s leading up to anything. It’s just a smile.

We met up with our driver from Atlanta Best Transfer and were off to the The Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel. It looked like it would take us forever to get around the airport vicinity – probably on account of the fact that Atlanta has the biggest and busiest airport in the world. Go figure!

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Selfie with Onnaedo of Pulse NG

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Check-in at the hotel was seamless so I decided to make a little video for the gram. Watch below if you missed it!

#PressPlay #BNinATL4Delta #DeltaAirlines

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I had slept, watched some TV and by now was starving, so it was great timing when we met with our hosts – Debbie Egerton (Regional Manager, Corporate Communications EMEA), Aimee Graves (Manager, Corporate Communications EMEA) of Delta Air Lines for the first time, joined by Bobby Bryan (Commercial Director, East & West Africa) before we left for dinner at The Feed Store in town.

Meeting Debbie & Aimee for the first time before dinner

Meeting our hosts, Debbie Egerton (Regional Manager, Corporate Communications EMEA), Aimee Graves (Manager, Corporate Communications EMEA) of Delta Air Lines for the first time before dinner

Jennifer Obiuwevbi of BellaNaija in Atlanta for Delta Airlines - BellaNaija - August2015 (5)I strongly think that if I were to move to America or some other country, I would definitely live in a loft. The rustic elegance of the eatery that also featured a bar proved to be something that resonated well with me. We ordered food and wine, and got down to some chit chat and laughs with our hosts that brought the evening to lively end. We even got to take photos with Catherine who is the owner of the Southern-hospitality-meets-modern-recipes restaurant.

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I had no idea the food was going to be this much. Couldn't finish it!

I had no idea the food was going to be this much. Couldn’t finish it!

Then the owner offered to change my plate - how sweet of her

Then the owner offered to change my plate – how sweet of her

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Debbie, Tope Ogbeni-Awe & Aimee

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Debbie, Tope, Me, Obinna, Aimee and Onnaedo with Catherine (The Owner, The Feed Store)

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Back at the hotel I had nothing but sleep on my mind. Besides I was going to need it if waking up at 7:30AM was going to be possible.

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Goodnight!

Bright and early we woke up the next day and met at the lobby to kick off our tour of the Delta Air Lines Campus. Our first stop was The Social Space where we met with members of the social media team for Delta. I can’t believe they send an average of 5000 tweets a day answering customers, responding to complaints and of course compliments. They work 24/7/365 – that’s some level of dedication though.

I miss my hotel breakfasts!

I miss my hotel breakfasts!

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The Delta Air Lines Campus Gate

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Our Delta Campus Guide briefing us before the tour

After The Social Space, we got to sit in on an actual morning briefing meeting where they discussed the status of the company in real time. They talked about topics ranging from flight cancellations to hasthtags being used. We were literally given a rare peek at some of their operations tactics.

Shhhh...the meeting is starting

Shhhh…the meeting is starting

Next up – the Operations & Control Center. More or less the heart & brain of Delta Air Lines’s global operations. With over 600 employees managing over 5,500 flights, including those of regional partners, 24 hours/ 365 days a year, I don’t think I have the right to ever be scared of flying again. I just know Delta Air Lines has got me.

It was so exciting to see the meteorologists, dispatchers, strategic planners and more in action, and we even got to listen to real life transmission between a dispatcher and a pilot heading into Lagos.

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Dan Hoffman – the dispatcher who monitors the Lagos-Atlanta flights explaining how it works

The next place we visited just might have been the highlight of my trip – we went into the Delta Flight Museum.

Here, we learned about aviation history and the future of flight. The space, which was originally opened in 1995 and renovated and re-opened to the general public in 2014, has housed banquet dinners and Delta artifacts like flight attendant uniforms from the 70s, pictures of the 1st female airline passenger for Western Air Express (which became Western Air Lines and merged with Delta in 1987) and more, as well as tourists from all over the world who come to behold Delta Air Line’s history.

Engraved bricks bought by Delta employees, retirees, and loyal partners and customer

Engraved bricks bought by Delta employees, retirees, and loyal partners & customers

Bobby Bryan;s brick!

Bobby Bryan’s brick!

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One of the highlights of the tour was the Boeing 767 aircraft. This particular plane was gifted to Delta by its employees for staying loyal and not laying them off when other airlines laid of hundreds of theirs. Three employees came together and came up with a concept to buy an airplane for Delta, and then Delta Air Lines employees raised $30 Million in 1982 to buy this plane as a token of their appreciation.

Sly - our tour guide

Sylvester a.k.a Sly – our tour guide

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Project 767

Project 767

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The Spirit of Delta – Project 767

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Photos of the Commissioning

More photos from the museum!

The group

The group

This is your captain speaking

This is your captain speaking

That tiger print though!

That tiger print though!

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This was once business class...tsk,tsk

The Then & Now display! This was once business class…tsk,tsk

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The little girl on the right wrote a latter to Santa when she was really young and gave it to a Delta pilot to deliver to the North Pole. She later grew up to be a Delta flight attendant.

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These seats used to be used on the planes. No seat belt, just bolts on the floor

These seats used to be used on the planes. No seat belt, just bolts on the floor

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Up, up and away with Obinna!

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After grabbing some food to eat with some of the Delta Air Lines employees, we were off to what they said would be the icing on the cake. And they were right. The Technical Operations Center  is the aircraft maintenance arm and maintenance repair and overhaul provider for Delta and almost 150 commercial aircraft operators in the world. It is an intricate beauty to behold.

From hangers filled with engine parts being carefully put back together and tested for hours, to rows upon rows of specialized bolts that have been tagged and sectioned for precision and men and women trying and trying again until perfection is achieved – I had never seen anything like it. I could taste the icing on the cake.

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TechOps!

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Photobomb

Photobomb

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They take out each blade from the engine and clean and sharpen them.

They take out each blade from the engine and clean and sharpen them

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I had to borrow some shoes for protection. 🙂

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Heading home I was filled with so much information, and so were other members of our group. We were really blown away by all we had seen.

Time to wind down with some dinner. We rushed back to the hotel. rested for a while and were back on the road to have our last dinner with the team from Delta at the BLT Steak House in Downtown Atlanta.

Feeling myself

Ready for dinner!

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Someone's going to throw up in the morning

Someone’s going to throw up in the morning

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The ride home was a bit sad for me – nothing like that “I’m going back home tomorrow” feeling. We got back to the hotel at about 10PM and as my bed welcomed me with open arms, I quietly slept off and allowed tomorrow take its course.

I was still very jet-lagged when I woke up, so the notion of breakfast didn’t really appeal to me. But when I thought of the fact that I had to wait till 7PM to leave for the airport, I decided to stock up on some carbs and fruits.

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Airport Ready!

After some light shopping and checking into the Delta Air Lines Sky Lounge, I finally had some time to reflect on my trip.

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Dinner & some light reading before the trip

But wait…who is this I see…could it be? Yes it is…RMD walks in. It took me a few minutes to realize that I owed it to BellaNaijarians to take a photo with him. But when I remembered that a colleague of mine would kill to get this opportunity, I stood up walked over and introduced myself.

In case you’re wondering, yes Richard Mofe Damijo is very charming in person, and even joked about how I should have greeted him in my native tongue of Urhobo.

Yay!

Yay!

A few minutes with him, other Nigerians had started to flock towards him, so I just slid into the crowd and went back to my dinner thinking to myself, “I can’t wait to show Moremi this photo.”

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After boarding the flight back home, I looked out of the window and realized how much work it takes to make sure things go well. All the planning, detailing, sweat and brain work to ensure an airline like Delta stays true to its watchword of pleasing the customer first.

I had such an amazing time on my trip and on behalf of the BellaNaija team I would like to thank Delta Air Lines & TopComm for this amazing opportunity. And to our BN readers – you make us who we are and we can’t do it without you.

I hope you enjoyed my tale – share what part you loved most from the trip. See you on the next one.

Jennifer.

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of BellaNaija.com. Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at)bellanaija.com or style(at)bellanaija.com | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle

21 Comments

  1. Ocean Beauty

    August 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I dey vex as I dey here so. Only you had all this fun?
    Glad you had a swell time Jenny.

  2. bb

    August 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Nice write gurl!

  3. TA

    August 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Jennifer! Jennifer!! Jennifer!!! Our own Jenny that brings us those salacious news? Lol
    Girlfriend, you ain’t ever lied. Money good o! Ha! Glad to see you had a great time and hope more companies/organisations that advertise on this platform will take a cue and do something similar for all the hardworking folks at BN.
    Shallat to the entire BN crew. You guys rock 🙂

    • TA

      August 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      I loved the tour of the Delta museum best. Puts everything in perspective. hehehe!

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      August 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      They wanna rock die! I’m feeling ’em!

  4. xb

    August 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    hmmmmmmmmmm…….nice,now i feel like taking a pleasure trip

  5. Meah

    August 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Enjoyment minister, You! Thanks for making me experience this vicariously through your very detailed description. Cant wait to fly Delta. Welldone babes, well done!

  6. edie

    August 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    see groove..live it up girl..cute u

  7. www.thelmathinks.com

    August 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Wait. Did you just ask me to share what part I loved most from the trip? Was I there with you in business class? Was I with you in your hotel room? Was I with you at the museum, the technical operations centre or the briefing meetings? Bia woman, take your time o!

    LOL. Venting over, RMD is a delicious man!

  8. JustME

    August 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Great.. For this kind of media story telling, please invest in a good camera. The picture quality gives much to be desired. My 2 cents

    • Anon

      August 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Jealous much??

  9. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Jen, great job with the article! 🙂 It was very engaging and I enjoyed reading all of it. Why was that cow chugging on a bottle of wine, though? Tsk tsk…

    And I can’t even imagine a time when people flew without seatbelts – hian! We’ve come a long way. Don’t fly Delta since certain other airlines serve my current location better so I have no experience of their usual flight service but this courtesy trip looked very nicely put together and I particularly liked how they explained the running of their operations… almost scary (or conversely comforting?) to think of how many people are involved in making sure the plane that you’ve boarded gets from point A to B without incident.

    So, I take it that anyone applying to be on the BN payroll must make sure their international visas are always promptly available, in order for this kain enjoyment not to pass them by? Make una carry go, nothing do you. 😀

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      August 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      That was the first thing that struck me. The details seem mundane and ordinary in themselves until you bring them all together. Not one single task is more important that the other.

  10. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This kind of fun should be censured!

    So Jennim, only you enter the auroplane. Business, First Class Upper, for that matter! To add insult upon injury you come and go and enter the maintenance shop. You touch throttle. You enter cockpit.

    Ah! baba God in Heaven. You know as auroplane dey hungry me reach. No make me carry last for this BN o. Bless BN. Make our Community dey grow. Teach us which hustle go make bank. Make we sef serve as blessing to other people dem. Bless Delta Airline too as they make Jenny happy reach as she snap plenty foto follow. We thank you. (Goes back to stare at fotos)

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      August 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Looooool! Chai! You just echoed my thoughts. Jenny Baby, only you enjoyed this much… You enter cockpit *swoons* I ve always wanted that experience shaa.

  11. Bobosteke & Lara Bian

    August 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Look at the history; the rich tradition of the airline. Family is beyond blood or she (he) is “from my side”. If we open our hearts and our eyes, we would see that the lives that we touch and those who in turn touch ours are our real family. It took three employees out of so many employed to teach that value to others. They have created a legacy; a familyhood, that every worker. past or present would feel honored to be part of.
    It’s not always about cutting-edge technology, savvy staffing or a steady stream of clientele. How I feel about you, and what you feel about me, sustains the bottom line more than anything else.

  12. Duchess Maria

    August 19, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    What an awesome experience. Lovely pictures Jennifer, I especially enjoyed reading about the museum tour.
    It must be such a great perk of working with BN, the travel that is.

  13. Temitope

    August 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    it really show that you had an amazing time.

  14. whoever

    August 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful

  15. ElessarisEllendil

    August 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    You sabi gist sha, engaging story telling.

    My favourite parts, the Museum pictures and the food pictures???.

    Your dinner getup too 10/10???????????

    I mean even random statues at the restaurant joined me to hail http://www.bellanaija.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Jennifer-Obiuwevbi-of-BellaNaija-in-Atlanta-for-Delta-Airlines-BellaNaija-August2015-71.jpg

  16. Mrs Anonymous

    August 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

    awesome experience you had.

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