Who knew Delta Air Lines had such a sense of humor?
The carrier released a new 1980s themed safety video on Tuesday, featuring such legends as Alf (at the 3:15 mark) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (at 5:05). A can of Tab also makes an appearance, as do mullets, headbands and jean jackets.
I’m not sure how in-depth you all watch Delta’s safety videos. But you might recall that in recent videos, the airline has featured a red-headed flight attendant who waves her index finger to demonstrate that the flight is non-smoking. In the 80s version, a red-headed kid does the same finger wave. It’s pretty cute. The kid appears at around the 2:20 mark. Here she is:
And here’s the same woman as seen in the non-80s version of the safety video:
Delta says it has invested $3 million in airport and fleet improvements since 2010. Photo credit: Delta
Delta announced plans Wednesday to spend more than $770 million to refurbish 225 of its narrow-body aircraft, including Boeing 757s, 737s, Airbus A319 and A320s. Delta will add power at every seat, as well as install updated bathrooms and galleys.
Delta will also add “Slimline” seats on the aircraft, which are considerably lighter and skinnier than the seats they replace. The Associated Press reports Delta will add seats to most planes under the new configurations.
Last week, I visited Delta headquarters and spoke with Mike Henny, Delta’s director for customer service experience. We talked about the refresh and the slimline seats. Keep reading to see our Q and A.
Inside Delta’s operations center in Atlanta.
Deep inside Delta’s mammoth Atlanta headquarters is the operations center, where employees track and plan the carrier’s roughly 2,500 daily flights on more than 720 mainline aircraft.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic begin their joint venture on Jan. 1. Photo credit: Delta.
Delta will essentially begin flying from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on Wednesday — but not in the traditional manner.
The nation’s third largest airline company begins its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic on Jan. 1. The airlines have anti-trust immunity, which means they can coordinate on schedules and pricing across the Atlantic. They will share revenues.
A Delta DC-9-10 photographed in 1973. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
Delta is finally retiring its DC-9s in January, almost 50 years after the Atlanta based carrier received its first aircraft.