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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines Super 80 (MD-88) from 1987

It’s still quite the workhorse for Delta Air Lines today, and appearing below in this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps is the original seating layout for the airline’s “Super 80” MD-88s first delivered in 1987. Besides the amount of cabin real estate the rear galley occupied, there’s not too much to note about this…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 23, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic received approval from the DOT for their joint venture. Of particular interest to business travelers will be new harmonized flight schedules on the ultra-competitive New York JFK-London Heathrow route. Reciprocal frequent flier earn and burn benefits can now…

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LAX Upgrades: New Star Alliance Lounge, United Terminals, TBIT

My former hometown airport has several long-needed projects underway or in the plans that will make it worthy of world-class airport status – at least in some terminals. Today, Los Angeles International Airport’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) saw its first flights arriving at the complex featuring 18 new gates, nine of which can…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 17, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Boeing’s stretched Dreamliner, the 787-9, took to the skies for the first time. A live video feed was available and I imagine very few #avgeeks got any work done for a while today. Delta Air Lines tweeted out a rather amusing comic/graphic showing various…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 13, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: JetBlue experienced an IT outage today delaying a majority of its flights. The problem was fixed by midday, though the airline said further delays could continue throughout the day. United Airlines will reportedly honor the $5-$10 tickets it issued yesterday during a fare loading…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 11, 2013

It’s been a respectfully quiet day for official airline news this 12th anniversary of the tragic events on September 11, 2001. Here’s a brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Late yesterday, United Airlines and Air Canada initiated an airfare hike, the 11th such attempt of 2013. I have a feeling Delta…

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Did You Win a Delta Air Lines Tumi Amenity Kit?

Thanks to everyone who entered my Delta Air Lines BusinessElite amenity kit giveaway, and especially to Delta for sending them to me in the first place. You can check out my critique of the Tumi offering here. I asked those who entered to leave a comment as to which of the three Delta kits I’ve…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 9, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Delta’s Medallion Qualifying Dollar (MQD) tracking tool is now live and appears on the “My SkyMiles” summary and account activity pages. The revenue requirement addition to achieve each elite tier goes into effect January 1. United Airlines announced new daily nonstop service from Chicago…

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Amenity Kit Giveaway: Delta Air Lines BusinessElite Tumi Case

Last week I reviewed the latest Delta Air Lines BusinessElite amenity kit featuring a Tumi case. I encourage you to check out my critique, as this one scored highest of the three Delta kits I’ve reviewed to date here on Frequently Flying. It’s vastly improved from the red cylindrical offering first appearing in 2011(ish), and…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 4, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Delta Air Lines cranked out several news releases today, including its August 2013 performance (85% of flights were on-time and PRASM was up 4%), an order for 40 Airbus aircraft (10 A330s and 30 A321s), and an announcement of chef-driven food and beverage outlets…

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