Five US Airlines Overlapping April 8’s Total Eclipse Path – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States. Its path will curve across the nation from Texas to Maine, and an event like this will not return until 2044.

Eclipse flights offer prime viewing of the moon passing before the sun, as the atmosphere tends to be clearer above the clouds.

April 8, 2024 Eclipse Path of Totality. Image: NASA

However, timing commercial flights during an eclipse presents challenges, such as determining which side of the plane will have the best view and the risk of weather-related route changes or delays.

Despite these potential obstacles, several airlines offer special flights to view the eclipse from the sky. Here are some of the airlines and flights that are scheduled to coincide with the path of totality:

Alaska Airlines

According to Kirsten Amrine, the Vice President of Revenue Management and Network Planning at Alaska Airlines (AS), departing at 8:10 a.m. and 8:05 a.m., respectively, Flight 390 from San Diego to Boston and Flight 322 from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will provide passengers with an incredible vantage point to observe the celestial phenomenon.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines (DL) has scheduled two special flights, 1218 and 1010, to chase the eclipse path. Flight 1218 departs from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and lands in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), while flight 1010 departs from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and also lands in DTW. Both flights are sold out.

Flight 1218 will be operated explicitly on an A220-300, offering premium viewing due to the aircraft’s extra-large windows. The flight will depart from AUS at 12:15 p.m. CST and land in DTW at 4:20 p.m. EST—timed to give those on board the best…

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