More Posts On: Airplanes and Aircraft

40 Years Passed Since This Classic Movie Was Released

“Surely you can’t be serious.”

“I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

“You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”

“A hospital? What is it?”

“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.”

You likely already know to which movie this article refers based on the aforementioned quotes…

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Is United Airlines Incorrect About Its Own History? Boeing 777 25th Anniversary

Only days after the official announcement of the retirement of the fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft of Delta Air Lines comes 25 years this week since the first Boeing 777-222 airplane with the registration number N777UA was delivered to United Airlines…

…but which date is the actual 25th anniversary of the delivery of the first Boeing 777-222 airplane to United Airlines — today, Friday, May 15, 2020; or Sunday, May 17, 2020?

The answer…

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Boeing 777-200 Fleet of Delta Air Lines to Be Retired By End of 2020

As part of the accelerated strategy to simplify and modernize its entire fleet of airplanes while simultaneously continuing to operate airplanes which are newer and more cost-efficient, the fleet of 18 Boeing 777-200 airplanes of Delta Air Lines will be retired by the end of 2020 due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Boeing 777-200 Fleet of Delta Air Lines to Be Retired By End of 2020

“We’re making strategic, cost-effective changes to our fleet to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring Delta is well-positioned for the recovery on the backside of the crisis,” said…

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Why Mother’s Day is Still Somber to Me

“You need to get here if you want to see your mother again for the last time” was what the voice at the other end of the telephone ominously warned one day in May several years ago; so I called my maternal grandmother and informed her that we needed to book airplane tickets and travel as soon as possible.

We all lived in different states; so I took care of the logistics pertaining to travel for both me and my grandmother, who also needed a reservation for a car service to take her from her home to the airport and assistance once she was at the airport — amongst other things. I ensured that she did not have to think about anything regarding this sudden trip — other than thinking about her dying daughter, of course. There was nothing I could do about that.

Mother’s Day had just passed that year; but I was determined to get the three of us together in person one more time. Neither the…

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Would You Give Up Your Premium Class Seat to a First Line Responder?

You are likely not traveling at this time because of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; but if you were — or are — traveling and you were seated in the premium class cabin aboard an airplane, would you give up that premium class seat to a first line responder as thanks and appreciation for their work during the past several months?

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Delta Air Lines to Retire Its Entire McDonnell Douglas Fleet of Aircraft in June of 2020

The fleet of McDonnell Douglas aircraft comprised of MD-88 and MD-90 airplanes — which are also colloquially known as mad dogs by frequent fliers and aviation enthusiasts — of Delta Air Lines are being retired earlier than previously planned effective as of June of 2020 because of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic…

…so if you want to travel on what is generally considered workhorses of the fleet of airplanes which are operated by Delta Air Lines across its domestic network of flights in the United States, you only have through sometime next month to do so.

The retirement of the aircraft is only part of an effort by Delta Air Lines to reduce its capacity systemwide due to a substantial drop in demand as a result of the pandemic. The overall active fleet of Delta Air Lines had already been slashed by…

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Should Passengers Be Required to Wear Masks Aboard Airplanes?

“Unfortunately, no matter how you configure seating, social distancing at six feet on an airplane is difficult. But we know that masks are one of the most effective tools to mitigate people’s risk of exposure when those around them are also wearing masks. As air travel continues to increase while the country slowly starts to reopen, it’s imperative that the flying public feel safe and comfortable in doing so. This should include the requirement of masks, which will accomplish this goal and protect both crew members and passengers.”

The paragraph you just read was from…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 27

A friend of a friend of someone I know — who wishes to remain anonymous — was aboard an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines recently as she was returning to Atlanta from a ski trip in Montana; and she decided to take the photograph shown in this article and give it to me to use here at The Gate.

For this edition of this popular game, can you guess…

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Laptop Computer Screen Damaged by Reclined Seat Aboard Airplane: Who is Responsible; and How Should This Be Resolved?

Here is an interesting scenario: what happens when the screen of a laptop computer is damaged from someone who reclined his or her seat aboard an airplane during a flight? Who is ultimately responsible for the damage?

Pat Cassidy claims to be a Silver Medallion elite level member of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program of Delta Air Lines; and he further claims that…

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