Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Delta Airlines serves domestic and international airline travelers and seeks to improve air travel space before you even get off the ground. To that end, they have given passengers one of the most luxurious and creative waiting lounges around: The Sky Deck, which was featured in Architectural Digest in 2013, and which serves those who are members of Delta’s Sky Club.
But that was last year’s news, as they say, and this summer on July Fourth it was Delta’s Asian push that was the talk of the airline industry, discussed in Forbes, who believes that Delta’s desire to create a hub in Seattle is a worthy goal. A goal in which Alaska Airlines should be more supportive of, according to Forbes contributor Ted Reed.
If Delta operates a new hub in Seattle, its Asian customers and business travelers are the winners, shaving off as much as 36 minutes to Tokyo Narita compared to SFO, the San Francisco International Airport. But that is not the only reason travelers would win with a Delta Seattle hub. Another is the fact that there would be fewer weather problems in Seattle than SFO. In addition, Reed says the Seattle hub would be closer to Northern China than any other mainland U.S. airport. So there’s that benefit too for airline travelers.
With a new Seattle hub, and a new Delta Sky Deck fashioned in 2013 in both New York and Atlanta (and Delta’s promise of a new easier-to-redeem 2014 Sky Miles Program, as well as up to 50 percent more leg room on their international flights), the only thing this airline needs to focus on as of July 7 is avoiding any more near collision issues going on at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Bush IAH) in Houston, Texas.
According to Local 2 Houston, a Delta airlines flight A320 was on approach to Houston from Salt Lake City, while a Singapore jumbo jet airliner had just taken off from Bush IAH. Lynn Lunford of the FAA said the pilot of the Singapore jet “did not level off as required.” Thus the Delta pilot was forced to take an evasive maneuver, diving several thousand feet in a minute, in order to be clear of the larger Singapore jet in order to avoid an air travel catastrophe.
Unfortunately this is not the first close call for airline passengers, with another similar air collision danger occurring in late May of this year at the Houston airport due to an air traffic controller’s mistake, according to the Daily Mail. And earlier this year, in New York, one of Delta’s pilots returning from a Tokyo Narita flight almost had a collision in the air then, too, due to being directed too close to another plane by air traffic controllers as well. But like the Houston incident, the pilot saved the day for his passengers, and officials said some of them probably didn’t even realize they had been in danger.