Seeing the solar eclipse from the sky

Delta Air Lines is offering a special flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, for passengers who want to experience a total solar eclipse from the sky. 

Delta flight 1218 will be specifically operated on an A220-300, which the carrier said would provide “premium viewing” due to the aircraft’s large windows. The flight will depart Austin at 12.15pm Central Time and land in Detroit at 4.20pm Eastern Time, scheduled to give those on board the best chance of safely viewing the solar eclipse at its peak.

“The April 8 eclipse is the last total eclipse we’ll see over North America until 2044,” said Warren Weston, Delta’s lead meteorologist. “This eclipse will last more than twice as long as the one that occurred in 2017, and the path is nearly twice as wide.”

Teamwork

Eric Beck, managing director of Delta’s 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.”

However, Delta warned that while flight plans have been designed to maximise time within the path of totality, this is subject to change due to factors outside of the carrier’s control, such as weather and air traffic control that could impact timing and aircraft.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A220

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