Delta Flight Will Offer the Perfect Route for Solar Eclipse Viewing

by Anthony Losanno
Solar Eclipse

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Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight on April 8th for those interested in seeing the solar eclipse from cruising altitude. The flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) will provide a prime viewing opportunity.

On April 8th when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, the sun will be blocked for a short period of time. This event will be visible to more than 31 million Americans in Texas, the Midwest, and parts of the East Coast. Those on flight DL1218 will have the best seats for the eclipse onboard an Airbus A220-300. This aircraft was specifically selected due to its extra large windows.

Delta A220

Eric Beck, Delta’s Managing Director of Domestic Network Planning, said:

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. Thanks to teams across the company, the idea of viewing a total eclipse from the air will become a reality for our customers.”

Delta has highlighted other flights that will offer great viewing opportunities. These include:
  • Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Westchester County Airport (HPN) (DL5699 departs at 2:59 PM EST on an Embraer ERJ-175)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) (DL924 departs at 8:40 AM PST on an Airbus A320)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) (DL2869 departs at 9:00 AM PST on an Airbus A319)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) (DL1001 departs 10:08 AM MST on an Airbus A220-300)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) (DL1683 departs at 9:55 AM MST on an Airbus A320)

Anthony’s Take: It’s great that Delta is highlighting these flights as being prime opportunities to view the solar eclipse. Just remember your solar eclipse glasses as it’s not advised to look at it with unprotected eyes in flight or on the ground.

(Image Credits: Delta Air Lines.)

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