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Delta gets stranded Nigerian team to Olympics

With some luck and last-minute scrambling, Delta Air Lines managed to step in at the eleventh hour to fly the Nigerian men’s soccer team to Brazil in time for its first match in the Olympics Thursday evening.

Delta said it got a call late Wednesday and initially determined it couldn’t accommodate the team on regular flights without displacing other passengers.

But the airline discovered it had an NBA charter plane available to fly the group of more than 30 people, and arranged to fly the team “with no request for payment,” according to Delta.

To read more about how the Nigerian soccer team ended up grounded and why there were few other options available to get the athletes to Brazil, get the full story on MyAJC.com.


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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.