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United Airlines Retakes Spot as World’s Second Largest Carrier, Eclipsing Delta

United Airlines Retakes Spot as World’s Second Largest Carrier, Eclipsing Delta

United Airlines has reclaimed its spot as the world’s second largest airline, surpassing archrival Delta Air Lines.
The Chicago airline reported 230.2 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, for 2018, while Delta said it had 225.2 billion.
Revenue passenger mile is one measure of an airline’s size. Others include fleet size, revenue, profit, and number of passengers carried.
American Airlines is currently the largest by all of these measures and revenue passenger miles. …

Delta Reports Jump in Traffic and Capacity for December

Delta Reports Jump in Traffic and Capacity for December

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for December 2018. The airline carried 15.3 million passengers in the month, a record for the month of December.
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 17.63 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.4 %, up from 16.73 billion in December 2017. Domestic traffic rose 7%, while international traffic rose 2.6%.
Total system-wide capacity for the month also increased, …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

Delta Announces Non-Stop Service Linking Twin Cities with Mexico City

Delta Announces Non-Stop Service Linking Twin Cities with Mexico City

Delta Air Lines said it plans to offer non-stop daily service between Minneapolis and Mexico City.
The airline will operate the route using Airbus A319 aircraft with 12 recliner seats in the first-class cabin. Each seat is 21” in width and has a 36” seat pitch.
The outbound flight will depart Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 8:50 a.m. local time and arrive at Mexico City International Airport at 1:01 p.m. The return …

Lobby Bar – December 14: Hanging Chads, Boarding by Color, and ‘I’ll Take Famous Squirrels for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: A Modern Day Parable
Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate.  After counting over 1.6 billion ballots, the accounting firm of Dewey Cheattham & Howe halted the announcement of winners of the Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards in New York City. The accountants discovered that most of the votes were invalid because voters failed to follow instructions on the punchcard ballot, which was originally designed in 1971. Fortunately, common sense prevailed …

Delta Bans Support Puppies and Kittens on Flights

Delta Bans Support Puppies and Kittens on Flights

Delta Air Lines announced significant changes in its policy for service and support animals.
The carrier is placing an outright ban on all service and support animals under the age of four months, effectively banning puppies and kittens, and is also banning emotional support animals on flights with a duration of eight hours or longer.
The Atlanta-based airline began tightening restrictions on service and support animals in January of this year and …

Delta to Simplify Boarding with Color-Coded Zones

Delta to Simplify Boarding with Color-Coded Zones

Delta Air Lines announced a new boarding process that will be driven by the type of fare purchased.
The airline will tie each fare type to a specific color. Boarding will be in order of fare class, starting with Delta One, Delta Premium Select and First Class, Delta Comfort+, Main Cabin, and Basic Economy.
The colors will be complementary to Delta’s primary color palette and the Passport Plum shade of purple, now …