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Virgin Atlantic to Join SkyTeam Alliance in 2023

Virgin Atlantic to Join SkyTeam Alliance in 2023

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced on Tuesday that it will join the SkyTeam alliance after years of saying it had no plans to do so.
The airline, which was founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, is 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, a founding member of SkyTeam.  Virgin Atlantic is also a founding partner of a joint-venture partnership with two SkyTeam members, Delta and Air France-KLM.
The London-based carrier will become the …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2022 Edition

September, the “harvest month” in Charlegmagne’s calendar, is still called Herbstmonat, the harvest month, in Switzerland.  The month marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.
The month of September gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.
After January and February were added …

Travel Disruptions Won’t End This Summer as Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights and Airports Extend Passenger Caps

Travel Disruptions Won’t End This Summer as Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights and Airports Extend Passenger Caps

If you’re wondering whether the current chaos in the skies will dissipate come fall, it’s already possible to read the tea leaves or coffee grounds: Airlines are cancelling tens of thousands of flights and major foreign airports are continuing their caps on passenger numbers into at least November.
While it appears that the boom in travel took airlines and airports by surprise, it was widely predicted in the preceding months and …

Delta Inches Towards Offering Free Wi-Fi on Mainline Flights

Delta Inches Towards Offering Free Wi-Fi on Mainline Flights

Delta Air Lines is moving towards offering its passengers complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi service, according to an internal memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.
The carrier, which announced in January 2021 plans to upgrade its Wi-Fi offering to provide “reliable and fast connectivity” while in flight and also conducted tests of a free service on a limited number of flights, now plans to “soon launch complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi service on its domestic mainline routes,” …

Delta to Acquire 100 Boeing 737 Max Jets in $13.5 Billion Deal

Delta to Acquire 100 Boeing 737 Max Jets in $13.5 Billion Deal

Delta Air Lines and Boeing announced the carrier is acquiring 100 737-10 jetliners, members of the 737 Max family, with an option to purchase an additional 30 more in the future.
The order is valued at $13.5 billion, although airlines typically get discounts from list prices in such quantity.
The move is Delta’s first order for new Boeing aircraft in over a decade.
In a statement, Delta said the order would “modernize its …

Delta Posts $735 Million Profit, Apologizes for ‘Rough Six Weeks’

Delta Posts $735 Million Profit, Apologizes for ‘Rough Six Weeks’

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2022.
The Atlanta-based airline was the first U.S. carrier to announce second-quarter results and reported a net income of $735 million on $13.8 billion in revenue as it flew 18% lower capacity than it had in the same period in 2019.
Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, thanked the carrier’s employees for “outstanding work during a challenging operating environment for the industry.”   He …

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Over 75,000 Flight Delays and Cancellations Kick Off Fourth of July Weekend With No End in Sight

Since Thursday, airlines have posted delays on over 73,000 flights, including over 400 scheduled for Sunday and Monday, and have cancelled almost 8,500 flights in addition.
For flights operating within the United States or into or out of the country, those figures are 15,306 and 3,234 respectively.
The rate of delays and cancellations in both the United States and Europe is higher this year than before the pandemic thanks to bad weather …