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Delta Is Offering Flights Along the Solar Eclipse Path of Totality for Extended Viewing at 30,000 Feet

Astronomy Airports + Flying
by Jori Ayers Feb 21, 2024

Many astronomy events will grace the sky this year, but the total solar eclipse is hands down the highlight for those even marginally interested in celestial happenings. On April 8, 2024, the total solar eclipse will cross North America, and many are trying to get in on the action (though the options for where to stay along the path of totality is already limited).

If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of the total solar eclipse in a seat up in the air, Delta Airlines has you covered with a special eclipse viewing flight that can be booked for April 8. This special eclipse viewing will be a flight from Austin to Detroit that will maximize the time within the eclipse’s path.

Delta flight 1218 will operate on an A22-300, offering maximum and premium viewing with its extra-large windows. The flight will depart from Austin at 12:15 PM and land in Detroit at 4:20 PM. The flight will be timed to give those passengers on board the optimal opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse at its peak.

If Delta flight 1218 isn’t prime for you, Delta has five other solar eclipse prime viewing flights on April 8:

  • DL 5699 Detroit to White Plains, New York, departure 2:59 PM on aircraft ERJ-175
  • DL 924 Los Angeles to Dallas, departure 8:40 AM on aircraft A320
  • DL 2869 Los Angeles to San Antonio departure 9:00 AM on aircraft A319
  • DL 1001 Salt Lake City to San Antonio departure 10:08 AM on aircraft A220-300
  • DL 1683 Salt Lake City to Austin departure 9:55 AM on aircraft A320

If you want to view the total solar eclipse elsewhere, the eclipse will cross Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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