Trivia time: Guess right and win a Delta Air Lines lunch box. #swag

Dear Readers:

I’ve been assigned today to cover a workshop on the development of hydrogen fuel cell cars, so I won’t be able to post as much as I’d like. But, hey, I should get a chance to drive the Mercedes F-Cell, so that could be fun. I’m sure I’ll provide Twitter updates. 

Since I’ll be absent, let’s have another “Name that Interior” contest. If you can name the airline pictured below by noon Pacific time on Tuesday, you’ll qualify to win this week’s airline swag. I have what appears to be a Delta lunch box to give away. I’ll randomly choose one winner from all the correct answers. As long as the winner lives in the United States, I’ll mail him or her the lunch box. Your kid can be the coolest kid in the lunchroom.

So here’s our picture. Can you name the airline?

Can you name this airline? Photo: Stefan Krasowski, via Creative Commons.

Can you name this airline? Photo: Stefan Krasowski, via Creative Commons.

And here’s the swag you could win!

Delta swag

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CBS News VIDEO: Inside Delta’s Atlanta operation center as a storm hits

CBS News took a tour of Delta’s operations center this week, showing travelers how the airline copes with poor weather. Above you can learn what the network found out.

If you found that video compelling, you might want to check out my earlier posts following my visits to the operations centers at three major airlines — United, Delta and Lufthansa.

Of the three, my favorite was the Lufthansa center in Frankfurt. There, I learned how dispatchers plan flight 456 from Frankfurt to Los Angeles. Here’s what dispatcher Marcus Pabst told me when I asked him if the computer program that plans flights always chooses the fastest route:

It depends on what I have preselected. I have four options. I can tell the computer, give me a minimum cost track, including the overflight charges. Or I can ask for a  minimum fuel track only considering the fuel burn. Or I can ask for a minimum time track.  I would use that if I duty time problems from the crew (crew are permitted to only work so many hours per day) or most of the passengers are transit passengers and have to pick up their next flight, and we are arriving so late that if I have to send 50 passengers to the hotel or to another airline we are going to have to pay more money.  The fourth option is the minimum distance track – the shortest distance between two points.

 

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A CONVAIR 340, built in 1955, visits LAX

Can you name this plane, seen last month at LAX? Photo by your blogger.

Can you name this plane, seen last month at LAX? Photo by your blogger.

We wrote last week about Biman Bangladesh Airlines retiring the world’s final passenger DC-10. But do you know where planes like this go when they’re done with passenger service? To cargo operators, of course.

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A Delta executive speaks with L.A. Airspace about the carrier’s recent fleet improvements

Delta says it has invested $3 million in airport and fleet improvemets since 2010. Photo credit: Delta

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.

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