It looks like Delta Air Lines has been busy in the kitchen: a day after announcing it was testing free meals in economy class on some transcontinental flights, the carrier is making yet another change to complimentary onboard offerings. [More]
After years of airlines taking away perks that once used to be included in the price of a ticket, Delta Air Lines could be bringing back one of those amenities from the bygone travel era: free meals in coach. [More]
Here at Consumerist, we have seen more than our fair share of stories involving unruly or otherwise disruptive passengers who have gotten themselves kicked off flights for bad behavior. But upon hearing that Delta Air Lines had banned a passenger for life after he was caught on video yelling at his fellow travelers, we had to wonder: What do you have to do to get banned from an airline forever, and which U.S. carriers have such a policy in place? [More]
Over the past year, several airlines have experimented with different programs that allow passengers to track their checked luggage: from electronic baggage tags at Alaska Airlines to real-time tracking at American Airlines. Now, Delta Air Lines is jumping on the bandwagon, updating its app with a map that shows the real-time location of bags. [More]
Delta Air Lines announced in 2015 that it would be starting a partnership with designer Zac Posen for its new ground and flight crew uniforms. This week, those uniforms hit the runway — the one models walk, not the one planes fly — and we can say one thing with confidence: They’re purple. Really, really purple. [More]
Now that we’ve all gotten used to cheaper flights amid low fuel prices over the last few years, it’s time for the the airline industry to do its best to tick everyone off again by sending fare prices upwards once again. [More]
Although it was no doubt scary when a Note 7 recently caught fire on a Southwest flight, the passengers and crew in that case were lucky that the plane was still on the ground at the gate. It was easy to get everyone off the plane safely and quickly. That option doesn’t exist at 30,000 feet, but the number of devices — and therefore, potentially flammable devices — on board is only going to keep going up. The solution? Swift containment. [More]
Travelers who were planning on flying this week to or from areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, which is currently in the Caribbean and heading toward the U.S. East Coast, may find themselves changing their plans, and some airlines are ready to help by issuing travel waivers. [More]
In what we assume is a mere coincidence and not an instance of corporate hooliganism, someone at Delta Air Lines managed to snap the head off the golf club of a golf pro whose clubs happened to be in a bag branded by Southwest Airlines. [More]
Friends with benefits twosome Delta and Virgin Atlantic have been linked since December of last year, and now it seems the duo is ready to make its debut as an official couple: The airlines will start passenger-sharing in July, which is akin to holding hands in public instead of just coming over late at night to “hang out.” [More]
Although both sides were playing coy as recently as a week ago, those with their eyes on the sky business saw this Delta Air Lines/Virgin Atlantic hook-up coming. And as of this morning, they’ve done it — those crazy kids have done it: Delta purchased a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic for a cool $360 million, creating a new joint venture between the two companies. [More]
Singapore Airlines is in the mood to shed a little weight in the form of its 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, and it seems Delta Air Lines is among the suitors lining up to try to talk the company into handing that nice little slice over. Whoever gets this hunk of the company will gain access to some pretty sweet slots at London’s Heathrow airport. [More]
Not wanting to become the Dave Carroll of the classical music world, solo cellist Lynn Harrell purchases a second seat for his cello when they travel together. This should keep everyone happy. The airline sells an extra seat to a very quiet and compliant passenger, and Harrell racks up extra frequent flyer miles that he can put toward future travel for his cello. Delta isn’t happy, though: they’ve kicked him out of their frequent-flyer program and banned him from it forever. His crime? Accruing the frequent-flyer miles that the airline granted to his cello.
Call her a hurricane or call her a superstorm, but weather phenomenon Sandy is responsible for either stranding a lot of passengers away from home or keeping them from their destinations elsewhere. There’s some relief in sight after three days of flight cancellations, as two New York-area airports, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty, have reopened for some flights. [More]
The statistics train keeps on rolling. We called up many major airlines this afternoon and here’s how long it took for them to pick up.