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Review: Delta - First Class - Airbus A319 - New York LGA to West Palm Beach PBI

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Flight Details:Delta Flight 2358
New York-LaGuardia (LGA) to West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)
Depart: Saturday, August 17 at 8:39 AM (Actual 8:55 AM)
Arrival: Saturday, August 17 at 11:41 AM (Actual 11:03 AM)
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Seat: 2B (First Class)
Booking: This was booked as a one-way flight in Main Cabin. Each fare was about $120. As my husband is a Platinum Medallion, we were immediately upgraded to Delta Comfort+. 5 days before, we received the First Class upgrade.

About 2 days before the flight, I also received an email asking me to select my meal.


The options were a breakfast sandwich with turkey sausage, or cereal. I went for the hot option.


Check-in / Security:Delta automatically checks in travelers 24 hours before departure times and sends you a notification. All you have to do is confirm you aren't traveling with anything dangerous. 

LaGuardia was empty at 7:30 AM and security took less than two minutes. Most of my time was actually spent walking down the long TSA Pre-Check …

SkyWest Grows Amidst Delta Connection Restructure

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Earlier today, I wrote about Delta's plans to restructure it's regional branch, Delta Connection. Delta plans to cut ties with Compass and GoJet, while relying solely on Endeavor, SkyWest and Republic. Compass and GoJet will likely shrink in size tremendously and lay off a ton of employees.
SkyWest, on the other hand, is rejoicing. Today. they've placed an order for 7 more Embraer E-175 planes. Once delivered, these planes will bring their total count of them up to 160. SkyWest plans to outfit them with 70 seats, due to contract restrictions with Delta. There will be 12 First Class, 20 Delta Comfort+ and 38 Main Cabin seats. The planes can likely fit up to 76 if the contract with pilots is ever renegotiated.

Image courtesy of SkyWest Airlines. 

Delta Axing GoJet and Compass as Delta Connection Carriers

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Delta Connection is an airline that many have flown without even realizing. Delta Connection is not Delta, but rather a branch that operates smaller flights for Delta on a contracted basis, often using leased planes and cheaper labor. Currently, Delta Connection is operated by GoJet, Compass, Endeavor, Republic and SkyWest. In a leaked memo from Delta to its employees, they announced they would be cutting ties with Compass and GoJet.


Delta has explained that the reason for this change is optimization and uniformity in scheduling. They will acheive this by having each carrier focus on a specific region. In the past, this is actually what Delta Connection had done. Comair focused on the midwest, ASA did the south and SkyWest was the west. Unfortunately, with the collapse of Comair, regional carriers' network became a patchwork.


In Delta's memo, they note that they will be offering hiring fairs with Endeavor and SkyWest, as Compass and GoJet employees will likely need to find wo…

Delta, Virgin Atlantic and AirFrance-KLM Transatlantic Joint Venture Closer to Completion

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This week, the US Department of Transportation gave tentative approval to the Transatlantic Joint Venture applied for by Delta, Virgin Atlantic and AirFrance-KLM. Last year, these airlines applied for approval (and amended it dropping Alitalia). A joint venture is an agreement between the airlines to sell tickets on each other's airlines, in order to increase frequency. This is great because presumably we'll be able to use Virgin Atlantic miles for AirFrance-KLM flights soon.

What's interesting is that when the airlines amended their agreement last year, Alitalia was in a terrible financial situation (it still is), but now Delta has agreed to purchase part of it. I wonder if they'll loop in Alitalia again soon.

What does this mean for consumers? Well, it means you can fly all the airlines on one ticket both with cash or miles. It also means there's less competition, which can lead to increased fares. As of now, these airlines work pretty closely together through D…

Review: China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - Shanghai PVG to New York JFK

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Delta Officially Dismantles Tokyo Narita Hub, Moves Operations to Haneda

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Well, it is a sad day for Northwest flyers. Delta has announced it is closing down business at Tokyo Narita Airport as of September 22, 2019. Northwest, which was purchased by Delta and folded fully into it in January 2010, was a unique airline with a hub in Tokyo Narita. Northwest operated flights all over Asia through Narita, including Manila, Singapore and Guam. They even had a dedicated fleet of Boeing 757s stationed out there.

When Delta bought Northwest, they slowly began removing flights, leaving the only two tag flights to Manila and Singapore. Narita Airport is in an interesting position. It is located well over an hour from the city, with Haneda Airport, located much closer. Up until recently, Haneda Airport had a much smaller capacity, and was used on shorter flights. Now, it has the capability for longer flights and is the preference of travelings beginning or ending in Tokyo.

Delta currently operates to Tokyo Narita from the US from Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland a…

Review: China Eastern - Premium Economy - Airbus A320neo - Chiang Mai CNX to Shanghai PVG

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Trip Report Index:Introduction
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - New York JFK to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Lounge 36 - Shanghai Pudong Airport
China Eastern - Business Class - Airbus A320neo - Shanghai PVG to Chiang Mai CNX
Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport
China Eastern - Premium Economy - Airbus A320neo - Chiang Mai CNX to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - Shanghai PVG to New York JFK
Flight Details:China Eastern Flight 206
Chiang Mai (CNX) to Shanghai (PVG)
Depart: Wednesday, July 24 at 2:55 PM (Actual 2:45 PM)
Arrival: Wednesday, July 24 at 8:25 PM (Actual 7:48 PM)
Aircraft: Airbus A320neo
Seat: 26C (Premium Economy)
Booking: To get back to Shanghai, we wanted to book a cash ticket so that we could earn some MQMs. Our original intention was to pay for Business Class, which priced out at $450 for the one way ticket. Unfortunately, we waited too long and the price jumped to a staggering $650 for a 4 hour hop. Interestin…

Review: Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport

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Trip Report Index:Introduction
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - New York JFK to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Lounge 36 - Shanghai Pudong Airport
China Eastern - Business Class - Airbus A320neo - Shanghai PVG to Chiang Mai CNX
Thai Airways - Royal Orchid Lounge - Chiang Mai Airport
China Eastern - Premium Economy - Airbus A320neo - Chiang Mai CNX to Shanghai PVG
China Eastern - Business Class - Boeing 777-300ER - Shanghai PVG to New York JFK
Lounge Details:Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge
Chiang Mai Airport - International Terminal
Open from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Check-In: The China Eastern check-in counter was a zoo. Luckily, we hold status on Delta granting us SkyPriority access. That lane had no one in it.

Our check-in was quick and the agent let us know we would have access to the Thai Airways Orchid Lounge, as a contracted lounge for China Eastern due to our status.