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Delta, Not Content, Wants to Fix Industry Problems: Regional Operations and Long Security Lines

Delta Air Lines, considered the best U.S. airline, is now addressing some intractable industry problems like regional operations and TSA lines.

“Last class” is here to stay on America’s airlines

4 hours agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Back in February United and American Airlines announced they were joining Delta Air Lines in introducing“basic economy”, a new class of fare below standard. This doesn’t mean sitting even farther back in the plane, but it removes the...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 17: The Conclusion: My Thoughts, Observations and Ideas

8 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

My observation of Delta Air Lines from the inside has left me feeling like the employees of Delta Air Lines once again feels like a tight-knit family. In fact, many times I felt like I was a part of the Delta Air Lines family. I hope...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 16: On to Los Angeles

9 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Everyone had to go through a special outdoor security screening by several Transportation Security Administration officers, except for Jerry Grinstein. No, Jerry did not receive special treatment. He was returning to Atlanta insteadShow More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 15: Salt Lake City: The Emergence Event

13 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

We deplaned from the aircraft on the tarmac outside of the hangar and walked down a white portable stairwell, similar to the President of the United States. The crowd was cheering. I felt a little uncomfortable simply because I am typically a shy person and felt I did not deserve to receive part of the attention. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 14: We Are Landing in Salt Lake City — Aren’t We?!?

13 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

We are landing in Salt Lake City — aren’t we?!? Of course we are! It was strange to approach the airport in Salt Lake City and see the runway below, but it seemed too high to land on the runway in time. This is because the pilots were...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 13: Jerry Grinstein and Me

18 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

I had not expected a formal meeting with Jerry Grinstein and me aboard Delta Air Lines flight 9998 en route to Salt Lake City. I figured I would simply meet him for a few seconds. Had I known this was going to happen, I would have asked for some questions to ask Jerry that FlyerTalk members who participate in the Delta forum might have had. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 12: I Made It!!! I Made It!!! Flight 9998, Here I Am!!!

18 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

I rounded the corner from the escalator to Gate A19. There must have been a dozen people from the airport around the gate, but the gate area looked as though it was already closed. These people reminded me of the Secret Service for some reason. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 11: I Will Miss Delta Air Lines Flight 9998!?!

20 hours agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

It is bad enough when factors beyond my control force me to miss a flight. During my 19 years of frequent travel, I may have missed five flights, all of which was not really an issue because there was always a later flight for me to catch. However, there was a good chance that I was going to miss Delta Air Lines flight 9998 on Tuesday morning, May 1. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 10: At the End of the Day…

Although there was a dinner for the international journalists later on Monday, April 30, 2007, it was time for me to go home. The shuttle bus brought us back to... The post Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 10: At the End of the Day… appeared first on The Gate.

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 9: Technical Operations Center Tour

I was eagerly anticipating taking a tour of the Delta Air Lines Technical Operations Center. There have been many times when a flight on which I was a passenger would be number three or four for take-off and I would be staring out the...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 8: Aboard Flight 9998: The Inaugural Flight Around Atlanta

...gave me a gesture with his index finger, inviting me over to the "check-in" area. Of course, I had to ask: did my “stand-by” status clear for boarding? “Yes”, he said. I cannot describe the excitement that suddenly encompassed me....Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 7: The Ultimate Stand-By

I was instructed to wait off to the side while awaiting to find out if I indeed would be a passenger on flight 9998 around Atlanta. Flight 9998? I recognize that flight number. That is the flight on which I will be a passenger from Atlanta to Salt Lake CIty to Los Angeles the next day. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 6: The Lottery

Shortly after the unveiling of the new Delta Air Lines livery on ship 638, “ticket jackets” designed especially for the event were distributed free to everyone in the crowd. An announcement was made that 100 people in the crowd who were...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 5: Time for the Big Moment!

The international journalists and I had approximately 15 minutes after the question and answer period by Jim Whitehurst had ended. That gave me just enough time to grab a cookie and a bottle of water that I never would get to finishShow More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 4: Presentations to the International Media

Jeff Battcher, who was recently appointed as the Vice President — Corporate Communications of Delta Air Lines, started off the presentations by commenting on how Delta Air Lines is gearing up to be a “bolder, stronger, fiercer” competitor which has now become a global provider. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 3: The Big Day Emerges…

2 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

...and I am getting ready to drive down to the airport area to attend the first event: a breakfast on the lower level below the entrance at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta, directly adjacent to the airport and down the street...Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 2: Today’s the Day!

2 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

Today is the first of two days that — to a Delta forum FlyerTalk member — promises to be the equivalent of being a child in a candy store or toy store. I am going to report on the events regarding the emergence of Delta Air Lines from bankruptcy. Show More Summary

Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence, Part 1: The Evening Before…

2 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

...and as I arrived home from the airport in Atlanta just in time for the local news, I saw the story pertaining to the official emergence from 19 months of bankruptcy of Delta Air Lines. I smiled, knowing that I was going to be there...Show More Summary

Order of Upgrade Priority Modified on Delta Air Lines

2 days agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

In a move where little official advance notice was given — and in order to better recognize the loyalty of its frequent fliers — effective as of tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, 2016, passengers of Delta Air Lines traveling on full Y class...Show More Summary

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