Category Archives for Delta.

Delta to Offer Upgrades to Private Jets for All Medallions!

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As early as this week, Medallion elites will be offered private jet upgrades from $300-$800 depending on destination according to Bloomberg.  “This is truly a groundbreaking new approach from both industry standpoints,” said James Murray, vice president of operations at Delta Private Jets (DPJ). “Nobody else can do what we’re talking about doing.” Initially, only…

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Delta to Acquire Stake in China Eastern, “Solidify Partnership”


Delta and China Eastern announced this morning an expansion of their partnership which includes a $450 million investment by Delta to acquire a 3.55% stake in China Eastern. The airlines will work to better connect their networks and drive increased collaboration on US-China routes.  Delta Shanghai base coming soon? From the PR: China Eastern and…

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Why Delta Considers the Recent SkyMiles Changes Fair

NBC News / CNBC has an article out today on last week’s announcement of additional negative changes to the SkyMiles program (with quotes by several BoardingArea bloggers). In the piece, Delta spokesman Anthony Black told NBC the following: “Today no airlines tells you that fares are going up tomorrow or where the fares may change. We…

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JetBlue & FedEx Back Gulf Carriers, Could AA Ditch US3 & Join M. East Carriers?


Both JetBlue and FedEx have come out in support of the Gulf carriers in the battle with the US3. JetBlue has partnerships with Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, while Fedex is currently expanding a major hub operation in Dubai. JetBlue had this to say: “Just as the three U.S. legacy carriers currently alleging unfair subsidies have exhibited…

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Delta Canceling 40 737-9 and 20 E-190 New Aircraft Orders


During a conference call this morning to discuss their second quarter results, Delta CEO Richard Anderson announced that the carrier will cancel Boeing and Embraer orders in response to Delta pilots voting down a new contract last week. The orders included 40 B737-900s and 20 E-190 jets.  There wasn’t much other information provided besides this from Anderson…

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Delta ONE & LAX VIP Treatment Headed to JFK & LAX? Plus the DC-9 Check-In Desk!


Back in June, after three years and $229M, Delta officially unveiled the refurbished T5 at LAX. T5 features Delta’s first exclusive check-in area, officially named Delta ONE at LAX, and includes a dedicated curbside drop-off, a private check-in, expedited security and personalized customer services. Customers flying in Delta ONE enter the terminal through a dedicated curbside…

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Alaska Increases Passenger Count at SEA Despite Delta Competition

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Last Thursday, Alaska Airlines reported that its passenger count was up +9.7% for the first half of 2015…not a huge surprise given the numerous destinations and frequencies the airline has added as it continues to battle with Delta. What was more interesting is that Alaska’s load factor was only down -1.6% to 84.6%, indicating only a few more…

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