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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines DC-10

When Delta Air Lines acquired Western Airlines in 1987, they integrated Western’s DC-10-10 fleet into their operation. The seat map below reflects a -30 configuration, and unless I’m wrong, Delta never had -30s so I assume this is a typographical error (this map was published in July 1987). Potential error aside, I’m a DC-10 aficionado…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: August 23, 2012

Qantas canceled orders for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, valued at $8.5 billion, amid the airline’s first full-year loss since it was privatized in 1995. Qantas isn’t giving up on the revolutionary aircraft, though, and still has options for 50 787-9s. Delta Air Lines seeks to upgrade its 5X weekly Detroit to Beijing service to daily…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines L-1011-250 TriStar

Delta Air Lines had quite a few variations of the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar flying the skies in the 1980s, including this one and this one, and I’ve selected another version for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. Appearing below is Delta’s L-1011-250 seat map from 1987. It seated a total of 269 passengers across…

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Amenity Kit Review: Delta Air Lines Business Elite (April 2012)

Not too long ago, Delta Air Lines introduced a new amenity kit for Business Elite passengers and I’ve selected the new version for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. I also reviewed the previous red cylindrical offering. For a better description of each category and the 7-point scale for scoring, please refer to my introductory…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines L-1011 TriStar (Domestic)

I previously posted an international configuration L-1011 TriStar flown by Delta Air Lines in the 1980s, and here now is one of their domestic versions from the same period for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. Seating 32 passengers in First Class and 270 in coach, you’d find me in 3A or 3F up…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines Lockheed L-1011-500 (International)

I have a fondness in my heart for the many “three-holers” I watched depart O’Hare during my teenage years alongside the runways. While the Boeing 727 is indeed a three-engine aircraft, my greatest appreciation fell with the widebody Douglas DC-10s and Lockheed L-1011s I saw so frequently. For this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps,…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Eastern Airlines Airbus A300 B2 (Air-Shuttle)

Eastern Airlines pioneered the air shuttle concept in 1961 with hourly service from New York’s La Guardia airport to both Washington National and Boston. It was operated with Lockheed Constellations way back then and eventually included widebodies at peak times in the 1980s. In 1989, Donald Trump bought the Air-Shuttle service and operated it for…

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Delta Air Lines granting elite status to top Georgia elected officials

I’ve seen a couple of reports in the last month where Delta Air Lines has upgraded several of Georgia’s current and former politicians with Gold, Platinum and even Diamond Medallion status. The first report surfaced last month when a WSBTV Channel 2 story slammed Delta for giving out Gold and Platinum status to several top…

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Online bag tracking, new US-Australia service, Hilton lobby revamp, suing Sabre & first quarter losses

Here’s a recap of additional news from this week that caught my attention: Delta Air Lines introduces the ability to track your checked bags online, as well as at self-service kiosks at its largest stations around the U.S. These upgrades also allow you to submit a missing bag report electronically, where in the past you…

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New federal airline passenger protections set to be announced today

The U.S. Department of Transportation is planning to release several new airline passenger regulations today. It is being reported the new rules will make all fees more transparent up-front, enhance denied boarding compensation, refund some baggage fees, and add a 4-hour tarmac delay rule for internationally arriving flights to the U.S. The full regulations have…

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