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Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Plans ‘Quarantine-Free’ Flights from the U.S. to Italy

Delta Air Lines announced plans to offer “quarantine-free” flights from the United States to Italy, opening up a route closed by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus earlier in the year.
The program, for which Delta is partnering with Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, involves three coronavirus tests, namely a PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, 72 hours prior to departure, a rapid test at the airport in Atlanta …

Delta and WestJet End Plans for Joint Venture Amidst ‘Unreasonable’ Demands from DOT

Delta and WestJet End Plans for Joint Venture Amidst ‘Unreasonable’ Demands from DOT

Delta Air Lines and WestJet said they would no longer pursue a planned transborder joint-venture agreement after the U.S. government made demands that the airlines termed “unreasonable and unacceptable.”
It was only one month ago that the U.S. Department of Transportation tentatively gave the plan a green light.  In order to obtain the requested antitrust immunity however, the two would have to remove Swoop, an ultra low-cost carrier affiliate of WestJet, …

Delta to Continue to Block Middle Seats Through March

Delta to Continue to Block Middle Seats Through March

Delta announced plans to continue blocking middle seats in coach on its mainline aircraft through March 30, 2021.
The Atlanta-based carrier first introduced social distance-friendly seating in April as the coronavirus began to cripple the travel industry.  It had previously planned to block middle seats only until January 6, 2021.
The move makes Delta the only U.S. airline to block middle seats.
The blocking of middle seats is more psychological than a means …

Delta Celebrates Boeing 777 Retirement with Final Transcontinental Flight

Delta Celebrates Boeing 777 Retirement with Final Transcontinental Flight

Delta Air Lines operated its final Boeing 777 flight on Saturday, marking the end of an era that began in 1999 when the Atlanta-based carrier took its first delivery of the type.
Flight 8777 flew from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport for the last flight, before continuing on to Victorville, California, for storage.  The 777 was typically used on international routes and not on …

Passenger Strikes Flight Attendant in Altercation Over Face Mask Compliance on Delta Flight

Passenger Strikes Flight Attendant in Altercation Over Face Mask Compliance on Delta Flight

A passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Miami to Atlanta Monday struck a flight attendant after the passenger was told to wear her face mask correctly.
The passenger was wearing the mask around her neck.  All U.S. airlines require masks to cover both the nose and mouth.
In a video posted by a passenger, Lauryn England, on Instagram, the passenger can be seen striking the flight attendant with enough force …

Delta Offers Status Match Program to Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Levels

Delta Offers Status Match Program to Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Levels

Delta Air Lines unveiled a status match program that offers travelers temporary elite status in its SkyMiles frequent-flyer program at one rung higher than what they currently have with a competitor, along with an expedited path to keeping that status through January 31, 2022.
The temporary status will last through March 31, 2021 and enrollment is required by October 31, 2020.
The offer is valid for those with status with Alaska Airlines, …

Delta Posts Pre-Tax Loss of $6.9 Billion, Warns Demand ‘Remains Under Significant Pressure’

Delta Posts Pre-Tax Loss of $6.9 Billion, Warns Demand ‘Remains Under Significant Pressure’

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for third quarter of 2020.
The Atlanta-based carrier reported that revenue for the period fell by more than 75% from $12.56 billion a year ago to $3.06 billion in the three months ended September 30. Adjusted operating revenue in September was $2.76 billion, down 79% compared to the same period in 2019.
Delta’s president warned that it might be “two years or more” until the airline …