Tagged With "Delta"

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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PortMoresby ·
It seems to me the smart thing for all the airlines to do would be to offer free wifi for any device, any flight, any distance. Southwest has stood out from the crowd by continuing to offer a free checked bag when others haven't and have gained loyalty as a result. May it continue. I understand that baggage fees have added a huge amount to the bottom lines but brand loyalty is worth a lot too. By giving away a $2 item and thereby correcting the notion, to a certain degree, that airlines mean...
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think currently there are some band-width limitations to the wi-fi on planes. For example, there's not enough capability to support 200 people being on their mobile devices at any given time (remember this requires two way connectivity). So the cost may be just a barrier to limit access to the technology. But I like the idea. Costs will come down, technology will improve bandwidth, and offering it free will be a perk that may help people favor one airline over another.
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: "... Costs will come down, technology will improve bandwidth, and offering it free will be a perk that may help people favor one airline over another." Indeed. As we know, with airlines as with travel in general, where there's a will there's a way.
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PHeymont ·
Actually, the new technology that we've reported earlier here, and which is being implemented by most carriers, vastly increases both speed and bandwidth. I suspect offering a bit of it like this will help them sell what had previously been a fairly unsatisfactory commodity...
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Re: And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines still offers credit for miles flown, although they admitted are mostly located in the Northwestern USA.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

DrFumblefinger ·
Estimated construction costs of $3.6 billion.... Shall we start a pool on what the real costs will end up being? I'd guess double that.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
So you're taking the low end of the pool? LOL! Actually, there is a smallish incentive to keep the cost low as possible, because the consortium's $2.5 billion share is meant to be made back out of operating profits once the terminal is open. So, if they run the cost up, it will take them longer to get their money back. On the other hand, my guess at the scenario is that they'll have arranged for most of any overrun to come from PA or state funds...
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

DrFumblefinger ·
I like choice, so this is overall good news for consumers. On a somewhat unrelated topic, we've covered Canadian jet manufacturer Bombardier on our pages. It seems the company is very near agreement with Delta to sell it 125 of its new C series jets. It would be a big boost to Bombardier and might allow Delta extra basic economy seats and new routes on which to sell them. More on that story at this link .
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

Travel Rob ·
I'm excited to fly in a C-Series and will go out of my way to buy a ticket when they start appearing! I also like the trend of one way tickets being less because that opens up lot's a route opportunities
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Re: Delta buys a fleet of Bombardier CS100s

Travel Rob ·
We've been following Bombardier closely and this is good news for them. And the upgrade is good for Delta too.
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PortMoresby ·
Change at the low end of American's menu of fare options isn't the only one they plan for economy flying. An upscaled version of premium economy will be rolled out, starting next year, for long-haul flights. http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/pr...title=premiumeconomy
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
They do have a great game going: Take it away from you, and then ransom it back. And there's more...in the next couple of days, Gumbo will have a news update about what may be ahead for the premium end of the plane, too!
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PortMoresby ·
A very useful bunch of information, PHeymont. I've been an AA/Citibank cardholder for over 8 years now and am a satisfied customer. I realize I might squeeze more points out if I open new accounts but I prefer to not have to think too much, be the tortoise and concentrate on piling up the points in 1 place by putting every possible purchase on the card, never spending more than I normally would. Also, when making large purchases, all other aspects being equal, I choose a company that accepts...
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

Travel Rob ·
Thank you PHeymont. Very useful & updated info. Appreciated the links too soI didn't go to the wrong card application by mistake.
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Fast Start for New Inflight Device Rules

PHeymont ·
Apparently anticipating yesterday's FAA announcement of new rules for inflight electronics, Delta and JetBlue had already submitted their compliance documents to the FAA, and may begin the new rules as early as today or tomorrow (Nov. 1-2). American...
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Delta Shrinking Front Cabin, Adding Coach Seats

PHeymont ·
Delta is replacing hard-to-sell premium seats on some international flights with in-demand coach seats. MORE
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Delta Hangs Up on Inflight Calling

PHeymont ·
Now that you can keep your devices on gate-to-gate, attention has turned to inflight calling. Since the FCC announced it's getting ready to legalize inflight calls there's been a storm of controversy, with many saying they don't want to spend 8 hours...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 28, 2013: Water Lilies, Okavango Delta, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Okavango Delta is an oasis in the Kalahari desert.  Its waters sustain all life in the region, from animals, to fish, to a broad assortment of plants and insects.  We were on a boat ride at dusk enjoying the cool evening air of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 26, 2013: Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
 Surrounded by the brown sands of the Kalahari Desert is a large oasis of green and blue, the Okavango Delta.  An inland delta with no outlet, its waters sustain all life here, including large numbers of fish, birds and mammals. When...
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Airlines on a Plane-Buying Spree; Older Planes Retiring

PHeymont ·
Worldwide, airlines are buying newer, more fuel-efficient planes that fly farther on less fuel and have more of the amenities travelers demand. It's often cheaper to buy new planes than to invest in heavy maintenance and upgrades. So, it was goodbye...
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Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PHeymont ·
You can't make a call...but now you can text, check mail and browse the internet inflight on your smartphone for less. Delta has introduced $1.95 WiFi passes for cellphones, and others are sure to follow. DETAILS
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Birds of the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
While everyone enjoys the beautiful large animals of Africa, there's a plethora of bird life that's easy to overlook when studying the splendid lions and kudu and giraffe.  The oasis of the Okavango Delta is a natural magnet for all types of...
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The Remarkable Okavango Delta: Xudum Delta Lodge

DrFumblefinger ·
(The lush green Okavango Delta viewed from a plane) After 2 years of planning, dozens of hours of traveling (literally to the other side of the world), the four of us were finally there.  Our small Safari Air plane was taking your humble...
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The Best of the Okavango Delta: Sandibe Lodge

DrFumblefinger ·
( Female leopard resting on a shaded branch) The three days we spent at Sandibe are among the most memorable travel days I’ve ever experienced!   In my prior  post  I’ve discussed an overview of the  Okavango Delta...
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Airline ratings: Frontier is worst and latest

PHeymont ·
Frontier and Southwest planes pass each other at Seattle. Photo: Wikimedia / rsocol   In two different surveys recently released, Frontier takes the cake...sort of. On one, it was the airline garnering the most complaints; on the other (perhaps...
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Delta tries 'May we carry on your carry-on?"

PHeymont ·
Delta is trying a new idea this summer, on a trial basis: Speeding up boarding by having airline staff load passengers' carry-ons in the overhead before passengers board. They're calling it 'Early Valet' and will test it on a number of flights from...
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Is Delta trying to become a "stealth airline?"

PHeymont ·
Above, Delta flight takes off. Below, Delta takes off flight info from ticket agencies     Delta, which earlier this year stopped posting its award charts so that its Skymiles members can no longer plan ahead how many "miles" they'll have to...
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When the safety video becomes inflight entertainment

PHeymont ·
Be honest: How many of you keep on reading while the flight attendants give you the required safety briefing and show the video? (in the interests of honest disclosure, I plead guilty).   But in recent years, there have been a number of attempts...
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NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
New York's Laguardia Airport, my favorite (but it don't get no respect) has taken a big step toward its major upgrade with the selection of a developer consortium that will design, build and operate a new terminal to handle double the passengers with...
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Iceland's tourism numbers are booming!

PHeymont ·
Tourism is up, it seems in most of the world; France and the U.S. are both preparing for 100 million visitor years soon. And Iceland, while far behind in total visitors, is among the most-rapidly-growing destinations.   Iceland had 970,000...
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Delta 1st Airline to Accept Apple Pay for Tickets

Travel Rob ·
Delta, is the first US airline to launch Apple Pay on their App for buying airline tickets directly from their iPhones. Now, with a few clicks, buyers can book and pay for their airline tickets. This can come in handy for flash sales...
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Bargains ahead for used plane buyers?

PHeymont ·
We're used to reading of big orders of new planes, especially at the big annual airshows. But some airlines, including big ones, also keep an eye on the used-plane market.   Delta, for example, has indicated it wants to expand its wide-body fleet...
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American chases Spirit in 'race to the bottom'

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, is feeling mosquito bites from much smaller but very aggressive discounter Spirit, and is planning to implement "less frills" fares to try to compete on the increasing number of routes where they compete...
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Airlines add new routes, expanded service

PHeymont ·
This week has seen a number of airlines announcing new service and expanded capacity on routes foreign and domestic. Some of the notable: American will add a new city to its route network, with flights starting March 3 to Merida, the largest city on...
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Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
The two carriers have fought for months over the rights to fly into Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It's much closer to Central Tokyo than Narita is and business travelers prefer it.    First, American complained to the U.S....
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AAdvantage members, bite your nails: change is coming

PHeymont ·
After a couple of years in which both United and Delta have switched to frequent flier systems based on dollars spent on fares rather than miles flown, American could be joining the parade...but we'll have to wait and see. American is planning changes...
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Trouble in paradise: Delta quits airline lobby

PHeymont ·
Delta has left the building...or at least the lobby. They've announced they are quitting Airlines for America, the lobbying organization that speaks for many of America's carriers, including the Big 3 legacy carriers.   The splitting issue is air...
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JetBlue extends its move into premium market

PHeymont ·
JetBlue is taking advantage of United Airlines' planned departure from JFK by increasing its business-class service from JFK to California.   JetBlue, which made its reputation as a traveler-friendly one-class airline with great inflight...
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United, Delta to swap JFK/Newark slots

PHeymont ·
United Airlines is planning to pull out of JFK in New York altogether, shifting its relatively small operation there to its big hub across the river at Newark Liberty. The shift will take place starting Oct. 25 when United shifts its Premium Service...
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UPDATE: Justice Dept. sues over Delta/United Newark swap

PHeymont ·
  The U.S. Department of Justice has sued in U.S. District Court in New Jersey to block Delta and United from swapping their slots at Newark and JFK airports, saying that it is important to preserve competition at Newark. United already controls...
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Delta adds a Second Flight to Iceland

Travel Rob ·
         Skógafoss, Iceland- Photo by DrFumblefinger            Delta is the only U.S. airline that goes to Iceland and they fly...
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And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the last major U.S. holdout of the once-traditional one-point-per-mile-flown loyalty system has announced that starting midyear next year it will be shifting to a model that rewards those who spend the most, not...
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Delta wants more Japan business, eyes Skymark investment

PHeymont ·
Delta wants to build its presence in the Japanese market, and is looking at an investment in Japan's bankrupt #3 carrier, Skymark, as a possibloe move.   Delta is considering an investment in Skymark, and its interest is backed by Intrepid...
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NBA players to get a big upgrade in the air

PHeymont ·
Inside the Mavericks' 757   If you feel a little cramped in your airplane seat, think what it would be like if you were 7'2" and trying to sit in that seat! That's a real issue for NBA players, and it's why the teams fly on specially-equipped...
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Allegiant adds Cincinnati base

PHeymont ·
  Cincinnati, which used to be a Delta hub and has had a big dropoff in business since Delta shifted its attention elsewhere, has some good news: Allegiant, one of the ultra-low-cost carriers people seem to hate but love to fly, will make...
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Delta's cheap "e-fare" — That's the "Spirit!"

PHeymont ·
Delta will soon introduce a "basic economy" fare it calls the "e-fare," to compete with low-cost carrier Spirit in a number of markets. It tried the fare out earlier this year in select markets. For a discount from the regular fare (some larger than...
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Flier alert: New rules bump multi-city fares

PHeymont ·
An airline rule change has created sticker shock for fliers used to buying multi-city itineraries as the majors chase low-end business.
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Airlines giving back? Two big surprises...

PHeymont ·
Allegiant refunds airfares for 6 flights in Tax Day surprise, and Delta eliminates a fee for tickets by phone. When's the last time a fee was cancelled?
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Delta buys a fleet of Bombardier CS100s

PHeymont ·
Delta has committed itself to 75, and possibly 50 more, Bombardier CS100s, the model's biggest order and a lifeline for the financially struggling company.
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JetBlue, Delta in Airbus news

PHeymont ·
Delta adds more A321s in move to speed up MD88 retirement; JetBlue takes possession of the first U.S.-built Airbus plane in Mobile, Alabama.
 
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