¶Loyalty, Respect, Integrity, and Love are the four essential components that I require in a relationship. I would dare say that, if they are not present, there is no hope. I know this does not sound much like a travel blog entry, but I think I have someone's attention (smile). I am loyal to Delta Airlines and SkyTeam.
¶Before I officially switched my exclusive travel
to Delta, I had flown with the airline a few times, but I flew mostly
with American Airlines and oneworld. However, I decided to give Delta my
full attention when the carrier commenced flying to Accra, Ghana
(followed by Lagos & Abuja, Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal; Cairo, Egypt;
Luanda, Angola; Monrovia, Liberia; and, Cape Town & Johannesburg,
South Africa. I was just so happy that an American carrier finally
reconnected the USA (via JFK in New York and ATL in Atlanta) with
various African nations via nonstop and/or direct* service. Some of the
destinations listed above are no longer being serviced by Delta. I hope
to see them resurrected (Luanda, Cairo, and Abuja) and joined by
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and Nairobi, Kenya. Once the revered,
historic, and highly-esteemed PanAm went out of service, there was no
nonstop/direct commercial service between North America and Africa for
many years by an American carrier.
¶Oops, I have definitely lost
my way. At present, I am basking in Delta's Business Elite from LAX to
JFK, eating a wonderful omelet due to an upgrade, which is a perk from
having Platinum Elite status. This also happened for me a little over a
month ago from JFK to LAX, and this one was totally unexpected. The wide
body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft is a great improvement and relief from
the exclusive use of the Boeing 757 single-aisle aircraft on the nonstop
run between my native New York (Brooklyn born and raised!) and my
beloved Los Angeles where I currently reside.
¶In the voice of
SNL character Stephan, let me tell you why Delta's Business Elite is a
treat...the pleasant, attentive flight attendants; the full flat-bed
seats; the entertainment system with wonderful headsets; the mimosas and
other grown-up beverages; the food; the real-sized pillow and plush
blanket; and, the overall service (including the gate agents).
I like mimosas! Regarding the four attributes (loyalty, respect,
integrity, and love) of a successful, fulfilling relationship, Delta
Airlines has shared all of them with me. I have flown with Delta
throughout North America and to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and
South America in all classes of service. I am truly pleased with Delta's
way of doing business. When I boarded this flight (Delta #1762, LAX to
JFK, 5 Sep 2013), I was not thinking about blogging at all.
no! I just came from the lavatory...there is a fresh mimosa awaiting me.
What am I supposed to do with this? I am already feeling so happy about
everything. I do not intend to offend the flight attendant who made the
drink for me (good excuse to indulge). Now it is time to take a journey
with C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet (the first book from his
Space Trilogy). Sorry, Mr. Lewis. Once I sank into that full flat-bed
seat, I drifted off into a dream about someone whom I love in Ghana.
service means that the aircraft makes a scheduled stop before reaching
its actual destination. For example, if you have the pleasure of flying
to Monrovia, the aircraft goes to Accra first.