Delta adds another eclipse flight as companies look to capitalize solar event

Passengers who book a special Delta flight will have the chance to witness the total solar eclipse in April from a unique vantage point: 30,000 feet in the air.

The airline announced Monday that it will operate a flight on April 8 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Detroit, timed to give people on board the chance to spend as much time as possible within the eclipse’s “path of totality.”

The eclipse is expected to be a major event because it will pass over several densely populated areas of North America, crossing Mexico, the continental U.S. and a small part of eastern Canada. In the U.S. alone, millions of skywatchers from Texas to Maine will have the chance to witness the rare astronomical event.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, temporarily blocking the sun’s light. Along a roughly 100-mile-wide band known as the path of totality, people will have the chance to see afternoon skies darken as the moon fully blocks the sun.