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Above: the Delta DC-3
2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection.
Now visitors can finally get up close with the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was actually purchased by donations totaling $30 million from Delta employees. This plane almost single-handedly allowed Delta to weather the tough economic times of the early 1980s and begin modernizing their fleet. She flew for 23 years and is now half time capsule, half museum-within-in-a-museum, and completely open for visitors to tour.
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Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
The Atlanta Falcons—and their fans—are eager for the season to get underway, and that’s especially the case since last year did not go as well as planned. Quaterback Matt Ryan is back, and we can only assume better than ever. Wide rescivers Julio Jones and Roddy White recently commented that they think they can each catch for 1,500 receiving yards—something never done in a season before.
Oh—and besides all the football action—there’s also a little bit of a Hollywood presecene during the preseason and training camp. Cameras and crews from HBO will be taking it all in, as the team is featured on this season’s Hard Knowcks.
Taking a page out of Southwest's playbook, Delta has announced that it will begin offering free in-flight entertainment to all passengers in all classes on all its domestic and international flights longer than 1.5 hours beginning this Friday, August 1st.
On newer planes, the entertainment initiative, known as "Delta Studio" and including movies, TV shows, music, and videogames, will come through the seat-back televisions. On planes without seat-back systems, the content will stream for free via in-flight Wifi on passengers' laptops and tablets.
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Those little airport hotel rooms are about to expand, as the folks over at Minute Suites are adding some new rooms at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
In case you haven’t been through the airport lately, the Minute Suites brand has been doing its thing over in Concourse B for the last few years. Basically, you buy time to take a power nap, or just to relax with a little WiFi and television. Locations are also available in Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth.
No, the city of Atlanta isn't installing a new zip line attraction, it's just the latest movie set to take over downtown.
The Divergent sequel, Insurgent, has set up zip lines that connect to several rooftops across downtown Atlanta - including The Peachtree Center - for filming taking place this week.
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The first thing we thought of was finally, and we hope that you’re thinking the same. It’s been a long time coming, but just the other day the gods of complimentary connectivity paid a visit to the terminals and concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Free WiFi is now a thing for one and all at the world’s busiest airport, and that means you can quickly and easily complain about your Delta delays without wasting your monthly data allotment.
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We heard rumors about Jay-Z and his plans to enter the airport business, and now it looks like things are finally official. Along with what can only assume are a bunch of business partners, Jay-Z has just opened up an outpost of his 40/40 Club at Atlanta’s airport.
The 40/40 Club isn’t a spot that we usually frequent, but we can only imagine that the airport location is a little bit different than those doing their thing in spots like Manhattan or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. First of all, the place is only going to be open until 11pm, so all-night parties aren’t really an option. Also, we can only guess that bottle service is probably not available at the airport—haha.
Mark the date on your iCal: the Delta Flight Museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport reopens after major renovations on June 17. The buildings and Delta's historic 1940s maintenance hangars have been updated with fresh exhibits, new displays and cases, improved public spaces, an expanded store, and three more aircraft for the collection.
Furthermore, the museum boasts the US' only full-motion, official flight simulator open to the public (a 737-200). Actual aircraft on display include a DC-3, Waco 125 bi-plane (last in existence), Travel Air 6B Sedan, Stinson SR-8E Reliant, an L-1011 prototype section, and the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was the airline's first 767 delivered after Delta's own employees banded together in the 1980s' tough times to raise money and fund the purchase.
Thanks to the renovation, three more aircraft are coming to join the fun: a DC-9, a Huff-Daland Duster, and a Boeing 757-200.
When spring rolls around it’s clear that those cherry blossoms are the center of attention, as they’re featured in festivals from Washington, DC, to Japan. However, we’ve got to say that there’s other flowering flora that deserves a little attention, so we’d like to put in a plug for the goings on over in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks.
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To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind, Atlanta Movie Tours is launching Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour.
Kicking off April 5th, the 3-hour tour will be based on Mitchell's life and her novel which was made into one of the most beloved movies of all time.
It seems like Southwest has been thinking about this for years and years, and that was especially the case when it decided to gobble up operations over at AirTran. Now things are a reality, as Southwest Airlines is planning to cross the border for the very first time.
This summer will be when the flights first take to the skies, as the initial international flights are scheduled to begin on July 1. Do not expect long haul journeys across continents and oceans, but if you’re looking for the warm waters of the Caribbean, Southwest will have you more than covered.
Now that most Hunger Games fans have seen Katniss Everdeen battle it out on the big screen in Catching Fire, they can follow in her footsteps.
Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours has finally launched a new Catching Fire tour in Atlanta. The tour includes stops at filming locations, hands-on activities, Archery Tag, and a Catching Fire-themed lunch menu.