Never thought I would plan my itinerary based on an airline, but that may change.
After flying Song, part of Delta's fleet, I can't imagine flying anything else.
Each of the 199 seats on board Song's Boeing 757s has its own custom screen with live television programming, digital music and, to my pleasure, music trivia that lets you compete with other passengers. On a recent flight from Boston to Fort Myers, I got to boost my ego by continually defeating passengers in seats 2F, 17A, 22D, 24E, 32B and 34F with my music knowledge.
Once my taste for competition dissolves, I switch to CNN and get the latest details on the war in Iraq. Then it's off to the History Channel for a documentary on prohibition and the danger of moonshine. With three sports channels, I switch from last night's baseball highlights to live college softball to classic sports, the latter of which is showcasing Pedro Martinez's one-hitter while pitching for the Expos.
There's a special channel that lets you watch your flight pattern, just in case you're interested in the plane's elevation, ground speed and the air temperature at 35,000 feet. Seeing that we're directly over North Carolina illustrates just how quickly this 3-1/2 hour flying is going.
With these options, it's easy to forgive Song for the small seats and tight leg room. If Delta addresses these issues, they will be miles ahead of the competition.