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.
Delta wants to fly from Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field. Photo credit: Delta
Delta Air Lines is selling tickets from Los Angeles to Dallas Love Field starting in October 2014, according to Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning News.
There’s only one problem. Delta doesn’t have any gates at Dallas Love Field, which is considerably closer to downtown than the much larger DFW Airport. For 35 years, thanks to something called the Wright Amendment, airlines have been banned from flying long-haul domestic flights from Love Field.
But the amendment goes away in October, which is very good news for Southwest Airlines, the main tenant at the airport. ExpressJet and American are the only two other airlines with gates there. American must divest its two gates due to its settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but it’s not clear where the gates will go. Delta wants them, but it’s far from a done deal.
According to the Terry Maxon of the Morning News, Delta also wishes to fly to New York LaGuardia, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Detroit.
Delta had a remarkably strong on-time record in October, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics released Thursday.
The 91 percent on-time arrival is about 7 percentage points higher than Delta’s overall on-time record between January and October. Here’s the full October list:
My colleague Brad Graverson and I spent Wednesday flying to the North Pole with Delta Air Lines and a group of about 100 children, many of whom came from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The plane never actually took off, but we taxied around LAX as the pilots told us we were on our way to visit Santa. It was an amusing experience.
Here’s one of my favorite photos taken by Brad. For more great shots from the flight, check out his photo gallery here.