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Delta Airlines Swoops In With Jumbo Idea To Save Those in Irma’s Path

One last mission for the "Queen of the Skies"

A Delta Boeing 747-400 departing from LAX. (Flickr/Tomás Del Coro)

Delta had already announced that it would be retiring their last seven Boeing 747-400s, once called “The Queen of the Skies,” by the end of this year. The planes were mainly used for transoceanic flights, then Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever recorded in the region, headed for Florida.

To assist in the urgent evacuation effort, Delta is routing one of its jumbo jets from Detroit, a hub for the airline, to Orlando. The flight isn’t free, but fares top out at $399. When it returns to Detroit, passengers will be able to fly anywhere the airline flies outside the Hurricane Irma impacted area.

This comes just days after Delta made news by getting a flight from JFK in New York to San Juan and back out of Puerto Rico with Hurricane Irma on its tail.

The announcement also comes days after several airlines were accused of price gouging for last minute flights out of the hurricane’s path. While they were cleared of any wrongdoing, both United and Delta agreed to cap flight costs. Delta announced yesterday that they would extend their Hurricane Irma weather waiver to coastal areas in the states of Georgia and South Carolina.

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