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Ouch: Alitalia Dropped from Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM Joint Venture

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Over the past few months, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM and Alitalia have been working on a joint venture partnership to increase their transatlantic route network. This venture was filed for the first time in May 2018 and was recently amended on July 20, 2018. The new version of the venture specially discloses Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM's apprehension in partnering with Alitalia as they are currently bankrupt and receiving governmental support.

Ouch.

Although this is not surprising, this certainly will not help Alitalia come out of bankruptcy as the profit from this joint venture likely would have helped them. That being said, I am happy to see Delta upholding this standard, as they have been extremely vocal about airlines that receive governmental support in the past. They've claimed it's a violation of the Open Skies Agreement. While I cannot go out and say this is the main reason, I'd have to imagine the threat of Alitalia shutting down at ay …

The Curious Case of Delta's Relationship with Boeing

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Unless you've been living under an aviation rock, you probably know that Delta's relationship with Boeing is not great.

For starters, Boeing isn't thrilled about Delta's order of A220s (formerly CS100). After proposing a 300% tariff (and losing), Delta then placed a huge order for some Airbus narrow-body aircraft. With an order of over $25 Billion USD, many felt like this was a personal attack against Boeing from Delta. I would argue that the aircraft offered from Airbus are significantly better (as the 737 MAX isn't really a plane that should be doing what it's doing), but that's not the point - Delta strategically placed a huge order for Airbus aircraft after Boeing accused Bombardier of dumping planes to Delta for much less than they cost to produce. 


Furthermore, In an effort to update their regional fleet, Delta placed an order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. And even though this isn't a direct Airbus purchase, Delta decidedly went against Embraer…

Review: Delta Airlines First Class Boeing 737-900ER CUN to JFK

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A surprise upgrade a few days from departure allowed us to have a more comfortable ride home with an earlier peace of mind.
Flight Details
Delta Air Lines Flight 315
Cancun (CUN) to New York (JFK)
Depart: Wednesday, July 4 1:00 PM (Actual 12:54 PM)
Arrival: Wednesday, July 4 5:26 PM (Actual 5:56 PM)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-900ER
Seat: 1A (First Class)
Booking:As I said in my last post, this trip was booked about 5 months ago and cost $506.20. From the entire trip, I netted 3,080 SkyMiles with my Gold Medallion bonus, as well as 3,110 MQMs. Surprisingly, 3 days out I received an email from Delta confirming an upgrade. Thinking I'd be in Delta Comfort+, I checked quickly to make sure I was on an aisle, otherwiseI'd need to switch back. I was shocked to read this message. A first class upgrade is always a nice perk, and I've never had it clear any earlier than right before boarding. Either way, I was very excited for my flight home now. LoungeAfter a long, but quick moving security line, …

News: Delta Devalues New Premium Select Product

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Last October, Delta introduced a new Premium Economy product, "Delta Premium Select", with the launch of their Airbus A350-900 aircrafts. As the routes were limited due to the amount of aircraft featuring it, travelers quite often needed to connect in Detroit in order to reach the plane offering this service. 
One of the incredible perks of booking Delta Premium Select was that in all domestic segments leading up to it, you would fly in First Class. This was an incredible perk that set Delta apart and really showed their faith in the product.


Unfortunately, as of July 3, 2018, all travelers in Delta Premium Select will now be booked in Delta Comfort+ for the additional legs. An internal memo from Delta says that this "subject to availability" meaning there's a chance that you could end up in their Main Cabin as well.
It should be noted, however, that in the past, travelers in Delta Premium Select were already booked in Delta Comfort+ if there was only a Delta One …

Review: Delta Airlines Comfort+ Boeing 737-900ER JFK to CUN

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The start to a 5 day vacation in Mexico began with a comfortable flight in an upgraded cabin.
Flight DetailsDelta Air Lines Flight 429
New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN)
Depart: Saturday, June 30 11:30 AM (Actual 11:26 AM)
Arrival: Saturday, June 30 2:26 PM (Actual 2:12 PM)
Aircraft: Boeing 737-900ER
Seat: 11D (Comfort+)
Booking: About 5 months ago, my fiancee and I booked a round trip flight into Cancun so that we could travel south to Tulum. The flight was priced at $506.20, which is definitely more that you can typically fly this route for. That being said, these were our preferred travel dates so we went with it. $121.20 of the round trip fare were taxes, meaning I would be earning miles based on $385 of my fare. I had selected 19D, which is an exit row on the aisle. 3 days before I cleared an upgrade to Comfort+ in seat 11D. As you can see from the SeatGuru map, 11D protrudes into the aisle. This is both a positive and a negative - the positive being unlimited legroom. I kept the upgrade. Lou…