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Delta to Debut Social Distancing-Friendly Seating on Flights

Delta to Debut Social Distancing-Friendly Seating on Flights

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it will make aircraft seating more social-distancing friendly on flights by blocking middle seats in coach
The airline will reduce the overall number of passengers on each flight in order to accommodate the block.
“Delta is taking steps to help customers and employees practice social distancing on the ground and in the air in keeping with current health-expert recommendations,” it said in a statement.
The policy goes into …

Delta to Donate Sky Club and In-Flight Food Items to Hospitals and Charities

Delta to Donate Sky Club and In-Flight Food Items to Hospitals and Charities

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that it plans to donate over 200,000 pounds (90,718 kilograms) of food destined for its Sky Clubs and in-flight meal services that it cannot use due to cutbacks in flying due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Delta has 200,000 pounds of food we can’t use,” the airline said in a statement. “So we are giving it to people in need.”  The donations will include perishable and non-perishable …

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta Air Lines announced it would extend the current elite status of SkyMiles members into early 2022 and roll over all Medallion Qualification Miles used for earning status into 2021 to qualify for 2022 status due to the sharp decline in travel during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This means that a member’s current elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline will extend Sky Club …

Delta Air Lines to Manufacture Face Shields for Hospital Workers

Delta Air Lines to Manufacture Face Shields for Hospital Workers

Delta Air Lines said Thursday that its Delta Flight Products subsidiary will manufacture face shields for use by medical professionals.
The face shields will be produced in collaboration with the Global Center for Medical Innovation, an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which is providing the raw materials and design expertise.
“Our entire team is rallying around this effort,” said Rick Salanitri, president of Delta Flight Products, which ordinarily designs and …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

Delta CEO: Stimulus Package Ensures No Layoffs in Airline Industry For Now

Delta CEO: Stimulus Package Ensures No Layoffs in Airline Industry For Now

Delta Air Lines CEO said over the weekend that the $2 trillion government economic stimulus package, which will provide up to $50 billion to the airline industry, will ensure that there are no involuntary furloughs or pay cuts through at least September 30, 2020.
“There will be no involuntary furloughs or reductions in pay rates across our U.S. industry for the next six months, at which time we hope the virus …

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

As the number of people flying continues to plummet and countries close borders, airlines collectively borrowed $17 billion and continued to slash their schedules in order to continue operations, despite the $50 billion in government aid that U.S. airlines will receive from the government out of its $2 trillion economic stimulus package.
On Friday, American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, said it would cut its capacity in May by 70% to …