Thursday, November 12, 2009
This pair of colorful first-day covers celebrates Lufthansa penetration into the heart of Africa. It appears that Lufthansa extended its DC-10 service to Lagos to continue on certain days to Libreville, Gabon and on other days, to Accra. Lufthansa has withdrawn from a number of African destinations since then, including Libreville-- its another testament to this era that the German carrier served Francophone cities like Libreville, Abidjan, and Dakar. It is also interesting to note that Lufthansa just recently, in 2009, launched dedicated, non-stop Frankfurt-Accra service, bypassing the Lagos stop which is shown here and had been the routing up until then. Lagos and Accra are Lufthansa's only current West African destinations, served daily with A340s.