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All About Delta Airlines

Mainly just known as 'Delta', Delta Airlines were founded in 1925 as the world's first aerial crop dusting (haha) operation. Passenger operations began in 1929. They have now grown to become one of the largest airlines in the United States, and the second largest in the world, with over 5400 flights daily, serving 325 destinations in 52 countries across six continents! Delta have nine major hubs across the U.S, with the largest being Atlanta, Georgia (also where the airline was founded). Delta's fleet currently numbers over 900 aircraft, including Airbus A220's all the way through to A350's, as well as Boeing 717's through to 777's. They also are one of the only airlines to still use McDonnell Douglas MD planes, though these are to be retired in 2020. They currently fly one of the largest Boeing fleets in the world. Delta are a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and partner with almost thirty airlines across the world, extending their reach to over 1000 destinations worldwide.

Delta's onboard entertainment suite, Delta Studio, offers passengers over 300 movies, as well as a huge range of tv and music (including HBO).

Delta also regularly win awards across the travel industry, most recently 'Best Long-Haul Airline' at the 25th annual Business Travel Awards, 'Best Airline' at the 2019 China Travel Industry Awards, named one of the 'Top 100 Companies to Work For' by Forbes, as well as being named the 'Best U.S. Airline of 2019' by the Wall St Journal.

Delta Private Jets is a private aircraft service run by Delta Airlines, mainly for businesses or clients who want to fly privately or to destinations not currently offered by commercial airlines. The service allows travelers to avoid flying hassles such as security.

Where can I catch Delta Airlines flights from?

Delta currently fly direct to Los Angeles from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. However, their partnership with Virgin Australia allows the rest of Australia to jump on a flight with Delta, with a small transit in one of the aforementioned cities. From L.A, passengers can fly to a wide variety of destinations, including the across the U.S and Canada, Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and the Pacific.

Tell Me About the Delta sale deals

Delta don't run set weekly or monthly sales like some airlines. That being said, they do feature a range of different sales throughout the year! Some recurring ones include their Seat Sale which can pop up anytime, Boxing Day (December 26th), Black Friday (after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday. They also often have flash sales, Earlybird sales (for fares booked several months in advance), and destination-specific sales, with discounted fares to and across the U.S, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and more. There is a dedicated 'flight deals' page on their website, or you can sign up to their emails to be notified of any future deals. Or just sign up with us, and we will tell you everything you need to know!

Delta Airlines Fare Types and Baggage Information

Delta have four main fare types: Basic Economy, Main and Comfort+ (all economy), Premium Select (premium economy), Delta One (business) and First Class.
All Delta flights from Australia will include meals and baggage regardless of fare type or class. However, domestic U.S flights will not have the same inclusions. It is recommended that all internal U.S flights are booked as part of the international ticket where possible to maximise the free baggage allowance.

International Long-Haul:

Cabin/Carry On Baggage There is no weight limit on carry on for any flight, except those to Singapore, Beijing or Shanghai.

  • All Fare Types - 1 x item (no larger than 56 x 35 x 23 cm) + 1 x small item (no larger than 22cm x 25cm x 43cm) such as a handbag, laptop etc that can fit under the seat in front of you.

Checked Baggage

  • Basic Economy - 1 x 23kg (no larger than 157cm LxWxH)

  • Main Cabin/Comfort+ - 2 x 23kg (each piece no larger than 157cm LxWxH)

  • Premium Select, Delta One and First Class - 2 x 32kg (each piece no larger than 157cm LxWxH)

Domestic/International Short Haul:

Cabin/Carry On Baggage There is no weight limit on carry on, as long as passengers can lift and stow it themselves.

  • All Fare Types - 1 x item (no larger than 56 x 35 x 23 cm) + 1 x small item (no larger than 22cm x 25cm x 43cm) such as a handbag, laptop etc that can fit under the seat in front of you.

Checked Baggage

  • Basic Economy, Main Cabin and Comfort+ - First bag $30, Second bag $40 (when booked in advance). Each bag up to 23kg (no larger than 157cm LxWxH).

  • Premium Select, Delta One and First Class - 2 x 32kg (each piece no larger than 157cm LxWxH).

How do I Check-In for Delta Flights?

You can check in for your Delta Airlines flight either online, via the Delta app (available for both iOS and Android), or in person at the airport. Check in via the app or online opens 24 hours prior to departure. You can also choose seats, pay for baggage or extras, or upgrade.

You can also use mobile boarding passes or print your boarding passes from home, and in some cases drop luggage using the self-serve kiosks at all Delta hub airports and selected other cities. If there is no self-serve kiosk, passengers can check their baggage at the United counter at the airport.
To check in at the airport counter, check directly with the airport website for the exact time the counter opens. However, in general check-in counters are open 3 hours prior to departure for international flights. Please note that if the first sector of your flight is with another airline, ie Virgin, you must check in online or at the airport with them.

The Delta Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

The Delta Frequent Flyer Program is called 'SkyMiles', and allows passengers to earn points, or miles, on United flights, as well as flights with partner airlines, stays at partner hotels, dining, banking, car hire and retail outlets, as well as by using Delta brand and partnered credit cards. SkyMiles Members can also earn points towards Medallion Status, of which there is four tiers - beginning with Silver, through to Gold, Platinum and Diamond status. Each level provides extra benefits for members, including higher baggage allowances, lounge access, priority boarding, upgrades and more. There is also a Delta 360 level of status which is awarded by invite only to their very best customers, though there is no published information on how to reach this level.
Miles can be spent on flights, upgrades, other travel products including accommodation, car hire and cruises, merchandise, magazine subscriptions or on 'Delta Vacations' packages. There are even opportunities to use miles for VIP experiences, such as celebrity meet-and-greets. Delta Miles don't expire, so even in-frequent flyers can get benefits.

Delta also run a 'SkyBonus' program that provides small to mid-sized business owners with a way to earn points for trips taken by employees

Other things to know about Delta Airlines

  • Delta has one of the oldest fleets of any United States airline
  • In 1997, Delta was the first airline to board more than 100 million passengers in a calendar year.
  • Delta were the first airline to ban smoking on all flights in 1995.
  • They were also the first U.S. airline to offer free in-flight entertainment to its passengers in 2016.
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