Delta adds second flight for unique total solar eclipse viewing


Due to high demand, American carrier Delta Air Lines has added a second flight specifically tailored for optimal viewing of the April 8th, 2024 total solar eclipse.

The initial flight offering sold out within 24 hours, according to the airline.

The new flight, DL-1010, will depart Dallas-Fort Worth at 12:30 PM (UTC-6) and arrive in Detroit at 4:20 PM (UTC-5). This aligns it with the previously announced flight DL-1218 departing Austin.

The flights will travel within the path of totality, where the moon will fully obscure the sun.

Delta’s decision to add this flight was spurred by a 1,500% increase in searches for flights between Austin and Detroit on the airline’s website following the first flight announcement.

The aircraft for DL-1010 will be the Airbus A321neo, larger than the A220-300 planned for the Austin departure. The American carrier promised more seating to accommodate demand for this unique experience.

Aside from the specially-mounted solar eclipse viewing flights, some Delta flights have a great likelihood of witnessing the astronomical phenomenon aboard. These flights are the following:

  • DL-5699: Detroit (DTW) to White Plains, N.Y. (HPN)
  • DL-924: Los Angeles (LAX) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • DL-2869: Los Angeles (LAX) to San Antonio (SAT)
  • DL-1001: Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Antonio (SAT)
  • DL-1683: Salt Lake City (SLC) to Austin, Texas (AUS)

Meanwhile, low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines announced the same, where passengers on the following flights could enjoy the solar eclipse, subject to weather and flight plan. These flights are the following:

  • WN-1252: Dallas (DAL) to Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • WN-1721: Austin, Texas (AUS), to Indianapolis (IND)
  • WN-1910: St. Louis (STL) to Houston (HOU)
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