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Delta To Introduce New First Class Seat on A321neo Planes

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In December of 2017, Delta ordered 100 Airbus A321neos in an effort to modernize their fleet. While they are still taking delivery of the older A321-200 model, which will top off at 127 planes, the A321neos are coming soon.

Delta's First Class seat is pretty standard across their fleet, however the Crystal Cabin Awards Shortlist shows they've got a new seat up their sleeve. Delta will be launching a brand new First Class seat.


Delta claims they've been working hard with Recaro Aircraft Seating, GmbH & Co. KG and FactoryDesign to create an "industry-leading seat with more privacy, added comfort, larger screens and superior stowage." These seats look very different than what is on their current fleet. They feature footrests, front facing charging ports and a ton of storage space. The most noteworthy feature is that there is a nice shell around the head area providing privacy and stability for sleeping.


It is unclear whether or not these seats will recline or s…

Air Europa Will Exit SkyTeam Amongst IAG Purchase

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Two can play this game. Following Delta's blindsiding move to purchase part of LATAM and rip it out of Oneworld alliance, IAG is doing the same. IAG, parent company of British Airways and Iberia amongst others, will purchase Air Europa and pull it from SkyTeam. IAG will spend a staggering 1 Billion Euros to acquire the company.

This move will give IAG complete control of Madrid Airport, due to full service carrier Iberia and low cost carrier Vueling's hub there. Air Europa will be billed as cost conscious carrier, like Aer Lingus.

This deal is, of course, contingent on regulatory approvals, which is often difficult in the European Union. There's been talk of Air Europa opening up domestic service within Brazil and with the loss of LATAM from Oneworld, this makes sense.

Image courtesy of Air Europa.

Review: Delta Airlines - Main Cabin - Boeing 767-300ER - Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK

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Trip Report Index:Introduction
Delta Airlines - Delta Comfort+ - Boeing 767-300ER - New York JFK to Los Angeles LAX
Plane Spotting at In-N-Out
Delta Airlines - Main Cabin - Boeing 767-300ER - Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK
Flight Details:Delta Airlines Flight 468
New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX)
Depart: Monday, November 11 at 12;45 PM (Actual 12:44 PM)
Arrival: Friday, November 8 at 9:09 PM (Actual 9:06 PM)
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
Seat: 18G (Main Cabin)

KLM Adds to Embraer E195-E2 Order

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At the Paris Air Show in June, KLM announced an order of 35 Embraer E195-E2 airplanes for their subsidiary, KLM City Hopper. The order was comprised of 15 firm orders and 20 purchase options. Last week, KLM announced that 21 of the planes are a firm order, with 14 as options. That means, Embraer has won an additional 6 confirmed planes. These planes will come from a leasing agreement with Aircastle and ICBC Aviation Leasing.

KLM will begin taking delivery of these planes in 2021 and they will be outfitted with 132 seats in a 2x2 configuration.

If KLM does receive all of the planes, that is a total value of $2.5 Billion, however airlines and leasing companies always receive steep discounts and only time will tell if they actually take on all 35 planes.


I flew the smaller Embraer E190-E2 back in February for the launch customer, Wideroe, and the plane was gorgeous inside. With recessed lighting on the slightly higher ceilings, the plane was a nice ride for a two hour flight.

Plane Spotting at In-N-Out

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Trip Report Index:Introduction
Delta Airlines - Delta Comfort+ - Boeing 767-300ER - New York JFK to Los Angeles LAX
Plane Spotting at In-N-Out
Delta Airlines - Main Cabin - Boeing 767-300ER - Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK
Some Context: On our way into Los Angeles, we attempted to grab In-N-Out Burger in Marina Del Ray on our way to our AirBnb. Unfortunately, the area it was in had no power. From streetlights to stop lights, it was a ghost town. In-N-Out was closed, too. Although it would be early, I planned to stop on the way to my flight around 10:30 AM right when the store opened. I had heard a ton about plane spotting from here, so I figured with any remaining time I had, I'd try it out. Location:
This In-N-Out is located just by the airport at the start of a runway. I arrived before 10:30 AM and the store was already crowded with a small line and many eating. I always joke that time is irrelevant when traveling and you have to eat when you're hungry because you never know …

Review: Delta Airlines - Delta Comfort+ - Boeing 767-300ER - New York JFK to Los Angeles LAX

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Trip Report Index:Introduction
Delta Airlines - Delta Comfort+ - Boeing 767-300ER - New York JFK to Los Angeles LAX
Plane Spotting at In-N-Out
Delta Airlines - Main Cabin - Boeing 767-300ER - Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK
Flight Details:Delta Airlines Flight 447
New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX)
Depart: Friday, November 8 at 6:10 PM (Actual 6:18 PM)
Arrival: Friday, November 8 at 9:42 PM (Actual 9:13 PM)
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
Seat: 17B (Delta Comfort+)

Trip Report: Delta's Elevated Transcontinental Experience and Plane Spotting

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Just as it begins to cold in the New York area, I always feel a hankering to head somewhere warm for the weekend. My photo above shows just how gorgeous the Los Angeles beaches are this time of year. I'd get to try Delta's all wide-body operation to Los Angeles complete with their meal service, which has been added since I last took the flight. Due to the timing of my return flight, I'd also get the chance to try out plane spotting at the famous In-N-Out parking lot.

In this trip you'll find:

Delta Airlines - Delta Comfort+ - Boeing 767-300ER - New York JFK to Los Angeles LAX
Plane Spotting at In-N-Out
Delta Airlines - Main Cabin - Boeing 767-300ER - Los Angeles LAX to New York JFK


It was a simple trip to and from over the weekend, but it gave some insight into Delta's operations.

As each review is posted, I'll add links above.

Delta's Newest LaGuardia Airport Terminal Opens

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LaGuardia Airport is undergoing an entire renovation. From parking garages, to roads, to public transportation and terminals, the entire airport will cease to be known as it once was. While the Central Terminal (B) has a section that opened last year, Delta's first section opened on Monday.

Delta's newest concourse, extends east from the current terminal D and will add seven new gates. These gates will replace gates that required buses to a remote stand. The 105,000 square foot terminal features natural light and New York City food staples.


The above rendering shows its placement on the water, on the right. While the new LaGuardia is far from being completed, this is an incredible first step for those flying Delta.


If you happen to be flying out of gates 92-98 on an upcoming trip, you'll get to depart from this new section. Remember, the entrance to Terminal D has not yet changed, so this may required a bit of a walk.

All photographs and renderings courtesy of Delta. 

Delta Adjusts Transatlantic Schedule By Cutting Azores and Malaga

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Delta's Boeing 757-200s have made some interesting missions over the years. From short hops between Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida, to long routes from Raleigh, North Carolina to Paris, Delta has used these planes for interesting routes.

In 2015, Delta began operating seasonal service using the 757-200S (one with fully-flat Delta One seats) to Malaga, Spain. In 2018, Delta started seasonal service to Ponta Delgada in the Azores, using a domestically configured 757-200 (selling First Class as Premium Select). Although these routes were seasonal, and not operated every day, Delta has decided to abandon these markets next year.

SkyTeam has a variety of alternatives to reach Malaga via AirFrance in Paris, KLM in Amsterdam and Air Europa in Madrid (more on this later...). The Azores, on the other hand, have no SkyTeam routes. The Azores' location about 900 miles west of Portugal, would make for a much longer travel time connecting in Europe anyway (the flight clocked in around …

Czech Airlines Orders A321XLR and A220

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Once again, Airbus has won another order from a SkyTeam member. This time, it's from Prague based Czech Airlines. Czech Airlines has adjusted their Airbus order to include 3 A321XLRs and 4 A220-300s. Originally, their order was for 7 A320neos. While the number of planes remains the same, the configuration is different.


The A220s will fit in with Czech's fleet nicely, reaching all over Europe with efficiency. The interesting part is the A321XLR. This plane has a range of 4,000 nautical miles, which means it can comfortably reach the northeast of the United States from Prague.


That being said, Czech Airlines has said they plan to outfit it with 195 seats in a two-class configuration. For reference, American Airlines operates their A321neos (the same footprint and plane essentially) with 196 seats. Out of those 196, only 20 are a premium cabin's recliner seat. If Czech Airlines does intend to use these for long flights, they'd likely be using a sparser configuration, wit…