Delta Announces Special Flight Will Follow Total Solar Eclipse Path Across US



Delta Air Lines
A total solar eclipse will be crossing North America next month, and Delta Air Lines on Monday announced a special flight that will allow passengers to spend as much time as possible in the path of totality.
Delta flight 1218 will depart Austin, Texas, at 12:15 p.m. local time on Monday, April 8, and will land in Detroit, Mich., at 4:20 p.m. ET, allowing specifically for umbraphiles to be able to spend as much time as possible directly within the path of totality, the airline said.
The flight will be operated on an Airbus A220-300, which has extra-large windows ideal for viewing the eclipse from the air.
“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,” Eric Beck, Managing Director of Domestic Network Planning, said in a statement. “Thanks to teams across the company, the idea of viewing a total eclipse from the air will become a reality for our customers.”
In addition to the special flight, five other routes offer opportunities for viewing the eclipse, so travelers should bring their protective glasses.
DL 5699 from Detroit to Westchester, N.Y.; DL 924 from Los Angeles to Dallas–Fort Worth; DL 2869 from Los Angeles to San Antonio; DL 1001 from Salt Lake City to San Antonio; and DL 1683 from Salt Lake City to Austin, Texas, all offer opportunities to view the eclipse from the sky.
Delta also said that for those who would rather see the total eclipse from the ground, numerous flights are headed to optimal destinations in the path of totality.
The eclipse will pass over parts of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.
“The April 8 eclipse is the last total eclipse well see over North America until 2044,” said Warren Weston, Delta Air Lines 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.”
TMX contributed to this article.