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Wednesday Roundup: Delta, American, Delta Again, and China Southern

- Delta retired its last DC-9 from scheduled service after a flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday. However, it looks like they are still using 2 DC-9s on occasion for the next couple of weeks with the actual real live last flight (maybe) being January 21st from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to Atlanta on N782NC that was delivered to Republic back in 1980. Airplane nerd info: I always associated DC-9s with Northwest, but apparently they never actually ordered one. They inherited them from Republic, which had inherited them from the merger of North Central and Southern. Whew.

- American’s new A321 with 3-class service flew its first flight yesterday between JFK and LAX. You can get espresso in first and business class.

- Delta announced that it will upgrade the cabins of its narrowbody aircraft between now and 2016. 757-200s get in-seat video, satellite TV, power ports, and much larger overhead bins (50% more capacity). Capacity will be 20/29/150 (currently they have 22 or 24 business class seats, so you can commence bitching about it now). 737-800s get in-seat video with satellite TVs and the planes will be configured 16/18/126, which is how they are now. A319 and A320 will also be updated, with A319s getting in-seat video and powerports, while both the A319s and A320s will get new wider seats (18″ vs. 17.2″ currently) and more overhead bin space.

- China Southern will start nonstop 777-300 service between JFK and Guangzhou beginning in August. A good way to blow those Delta miles.

- United is ending its longstanding Tokyo-Bangkok service on March 29th.

- Allegiant will add 6 first class seats to its 757s. There will be no upgrade in service for those seats, which is how Spirit also sells its “Big Front Seat”.


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