Air Transport World

The thrill is gone. (there is little fanfare when an airline introduces a new plane) (editorial)

We had the pleasure of experiencing a semi-event recently. It is one of those experiences when you knew that something existed all along, but you actually saw it for the first time. In this case it was an airline inaugural.

We flew from Atlanta to Washington's National Airport Feb. 1 on Delta Air Lines' Flight 700. We were surprised to find upon entering the airplane that it was a brand new Boeing 757 being used for Delta's first service to Washington National.

We were surprised at this chiefly because nobody bothered to tell us that this was a new airplane, or that it was being used for the first time on this flight. In gazing about the cabin we found that few of the passengers knew or cared that this was 757 or that there was anything special about it. …

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