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Delta to operate the Airbus A330-300 from Atlanta to Dublin

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to introduce the Airbus A330-300 (replacing a Boeing 767-300) on the Atlanta – Dublin route on five days a week starting on May 26, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-323 N813NW (msn 799) departs from Tokyo (Narita).

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Delta’s Technical Operations has the ultimate grill

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) in celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, has issued this interesting story about the ultimate grill built by its Technical Operations:


Fourth of July weekend means patriotic parades, fireworks and yes, grilling out. Well, has Delta got a grill for you.

It’s Delta’s Celebration Grill, built to resemble an aircraft by the TechOps team. Its wingspan measures more than 20 feet across, the fuselage grilling chamber is 38 feet long and nearly 15 feet high at the tip of its tail. Fired up, it can make about 500 burgers an hour.

Nine things to know about TechOps’ Celebration Grill (pictured above):

By Morgan Durrant.

Think of it as the ultimate Delta tribute to grilling.- a passion shared by many Delta people. Its wingspan measures more than 20 feet across, the fuselage grilling chamber is 38 feet long and nearly 15 feet high at the tip of its tail. It can crank out about 500 burgers an hour.

Think of it as a microcosm of the Delta TechOps brand. S.V.P-Technical Operations Don Mitacek said that it can be difficult for customers and employees alike to fully understand and appreciate what TechOps does. “But the craftsmanship of the grill allows people to see what TechOps does each and every day to keep our planes in tip-top shape,” Don said.

Teamwork made it happen. This strikingly aerodynamic and newest member of Delta’s fleet is comprised of all new parts. The design, engineering, fabrication, construction and painting was done by more than 60 TechOps employees in seven departments at the Atlanta Technical Operations Center, the Minneapolis/St. Paul base and Ground Service Equipment.

About 30 Technicians and Engineers presented it to E.V.P. and Chief Operating Officer Gil West today. Gil enthusiastically accepted it alongside other TechOps leaders. Inaugural burgers sizzled on three of the six grills.

What better follow-up to the TechOps Party Bar built by much of same team in 2014? Because no Delta-branded outdoor adult beverage distribution apparatus should be without a culinary counterpart for too long.

Its debut to the entire Delta family was last month at the Atlanta Block Party. And there are plans for it go on the road later thanks to a 48-foot trailer.

Safety first: It’s got a built-in fire suppression system. In the ceiling compartment, sensors and extinguishers are perched strategically should a fire take hold. Oh, and there are also gas leak detectors that will ring a siren should a leak occur.

Have manual, will travel. Constructed to be mobile much like it’s Party Bar counterpart, the team created a detailed, photo-illustrated instruction manual to ensure safe and efficient operation – no matter which Delta grill master will have the honors to toss their preferred barbeque offering on it.

The tail and wings collapse for transport. But mind the ‘no-step’ areas on the wings. Because while this grill isn’t yet on Delta’s operations specifications book with the FAA, you never know what an inspector might think.

Photo: Delta Air Lines. The “Plane Grill” has the fake registration of “NBBQDL”.


Delta launches its “Early Valet” service at its U.S. hubs

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced the launch of its new “Early Valet” service at its U.S. hubs. The company issued this statement:


Delta launched a special service this summer to improve the customer experience when boarding.

Delta’s Early Valet is a surprise-and-delight service in which Airport Customer Service gate agents preload customers’ carry-on luggage into the overhead bins above their assigned seats. The bags are tagged and labeled with the customer’s seat assignment.

The idea came to Alan Janbay, Delta’s Project Leader – Airport Customer Service Field Support, when he watched a mother load her bag in the overhead bin on a flight to Baltimore in 2014.

“She struggled with placing her roller board in the overhead bin for some time before a fellow passenger and I assisted,” he said. “I thought, ‘We should have a service for that.’ I immediately emailed my leadership team with the idea and the rest is history.”

Testing for Early Valet began last summer at Los Angeles International Airport and later in Atlanta. After data revealed faster boarding and an improved customer experience, the program was introduced at all of Delta’s domestic hubs, including Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York-JFK, on June 1.

The program, which is available on Delta’s narrow-body aircraft on select routes, targets families traveling with small children, customers with disabilities, elderly travelers and high value customers. It has proven to shave one-and-a-half minutes from the average boarding time as between six to nine bags are typically retrieved and loaded approximately 45 minutes before departure.

“Our goal is to transform the gate experience from a ‘hold room’ to a friendly and interactive space where Early Valet agents engage with customers, welcoming and assisting them on the spot,” Janbay said.

Customer reaction to Early Valet has been positive as customer satisfaction scores increased up to 8 percent on the targeted flights compared to those that did not receive the service.

Photo: Delta.

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The Emirates response to alleged government subsidies “Open Skies” issues

Emirates (Dubai) has set up this response page to the on-going Open Skies allegations of government subsidies mainly by the U.S. Big Three carriers: CLICK HERE

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From the report: The maps below show that Emirates is providing vital routes to the US via its hub in Dubai that the three leading US carriers do not offer. So despite their claims that Emirates is stealing away passengers, these maps illustrate that in reality there are very few network similarities between Emirates and the big three US carriers. Moreover, of course, there is no US national interest in sacrificing the competitive choice of US consumers to protect inconvenient traffic flows over European hubs to benefit some European airline partners of US airlines.

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Delta increases the number of flights on its trans-continental flights from New York-JFK, offers more Boeing 767-300 flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced as of November 2015, it will increase service between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport from nine to 10 daily peak-day flights. Four flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft, which provide direct aisle access for all Delta One customers, and six flights will use Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring new interior modifications that have been completely refurbished from nose to tail.

Delta will also be upgrading three of its eight daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco to Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft, making the airline the only carrier to operate widebody service on both routes.

This network expansion, which will allow Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A new Delta Sky Club in San Francisco will open in August.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-322 N140LL (msn 25988) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta adds another Seattle/Tacoma feeder route, adds two Bahamas routes from Atlanta this winter

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues its build-up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac) (SEA) hub with new Delta Connection service. The carrier will add the SEA – Billings, Montana (CRJ700) route on December 19 per Airline Route.

The airline is also adding twice-weekly Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 service from the Atlanta hub to both Marsh Harbour and North Eleuthera on December 19.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Horizon Air at the Seattle hub, now the CRJ700 regional jet is being operated by SkyWest Airlines as a Delta Connection carrier at SEA. Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N603QX (msn 10011) taxies to the runway at SeaTac.

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Delta and Chelsea Football Club sign a new three-year agreement


Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has inked a new three-year deal with Chelsea Football Club as the club’s official airline sponsor, again bringing together two major international brands.

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Delta and Chelsea FC, the English Premier League and Capital One Cup champions, first joined forces in 2012 and since then have worked together to bring the airline’s 170 million annual passengers closer to the club. Chelsea players have joined Delta customers and employees in numerous events around the world showcasing Delta’s products and services and shared global scope.


Delta is the exclusively designated “Official Airline Partner of Chelsea FC” and the agreement gives Delta LED exposure at each home game and on the Chelsea FC website. The Delta logo will also be included on media backboards for interviews conducted at Chelsea’s stadium around Premier League home matches. The Delta 360˚ Lounge will also remain at Stamford Bridge.

Delta is synonymous with sport in the United States where the airline is the official airline sponsor of sixteen leading U.S. sports teams including baseball’s New York Yankees, hockey’s Los Angeles Kings, American football’s Minnesota Vikings as well as Super Bowl winners Seattle Seahawks. This summer, Delta will welcome the Chelsea team as they tour the United States, playing matches in New Jersey, Charlotte and Washington D.C.

Delta flies to 335 destinations across six continents, and alongside partner Virgin Atlantic, operates up to 39 flights a day from the U.K. to North America.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-232 LR (Longer Range) N709DN (msn 40559) departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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