Delta Air Lines Organizes Eclipse Viewing Flights – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS – Fans and eclipse chasers can experience the April 8 total solar eclipse from 30,000 feet in the air aboard a Delta Air Lines (DL) unique path-of-totality flight. The airline will operate flight DL 1218 from Austin (AUS) to Detroit (DTW) on April 8, 2024. The flight will allow umbraphiles to spend as much time as possible directly within the path of totality.

The flight will depart from Austin at 12:15 p.m. CT and land in Detroit at 4:20 p.m. ET. It has been timed to give those on board the best chance of safely viewing the solar eclipse at its peak. The flight will be operated with an A220-300. The aircraft will offer premium views due to its extra-large windows. Passengers are reminded not to forget their protective viewing glasses.

The airline has gone to great lengths to create this experience for fans and passengers. “This flight is the result of significant collaboration and exemplifies the close teamwork Delta is known for — from selecting an aircraft with larger windows to determining the exact departure time from Austin and the experiences at the gate and in the air,” said Eric Beck, Managing Director of Domestic Network Planning. The planning and logistics for such flights require effort and collaboration from many teams from different locations in the United States. Beck said, “Thanks to teams across the company, the idea of viewing a total eclipse from the air will become a reality for our customers.”

Warren Weston, one of Delta’s lead meteorologists. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Total Eclipse on April 8, 2024


The upcoming total eclipse is a memorable event since it will follow a wide path and will be the last total eclipse seen in North America for the next 20 years. “The April 8 eclipse is the last total eclipse we’ll see over North America until 2044,” said Warren Weston, Delta Air Lines Lead Meteorologist. “This eclipse will last more than twice as long as the one that occurred in 2017, and the path is…

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