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Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta CEO Predicts Airline Industry Recovery by Next Summer

Delta Air Lines’ CEO is optimistic about the future.  In a televised interview, he said that he believes his airline will return to pre-pandemic levels by the summer of 2022.
Currently, the Atlanta-based carrier sits at 66% of its normal operational levels.
The coronavirus pandemic began to decimate global travel starting in early 2020 as international border after border was closed.
“I see this industry recovering in a very, very nice manner,” Ed …

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Returns to Pre-Pandemic Boarding Process

Delta Air Lines said it had returned to boarding its planes by zones, eliminating one of its last remaining pandemic-era practices, namely front-to-back boarding.
The new – and old – process – allows travelers to board based on elite status with the airline or a partner as well as seat location.
“This update drives efficiency in the boarding process, making it faster and easier for both customers and employees as we continue …

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta to Double Number of Flight Attendants It Hires for Summer ’22 Travel Season

Delta Air Lines said it plans to double the number flight attendants it will hire to have in place prior to the summer 2022 travel season.
The Atlanta-based carrier had planned to hire 1,500 but now plans to double that number.
Many workers at Delta and other major airlines took early retirement packages earlier in the pandemic, often taking advantage of favorable buyouts.
Delta is not the only airline on a hiring frenzy, …

Delta to Levy Non-Vaccinated Employees $200 Monthly Surcharge, Require Weekly Testing and Masks

Delta to Levy Non-Vaccinated Employees $200 Monthly Surcharge, Require Weekly Testing and Masks

Delta Air Lines said it would charge unvaccinated employees a $200 per month health insurance surcharge and mandate weekly coronavirus testing.
The Atlanta-based carrier announced the changes in a memorandum to its workforce on Wednesday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.
Starting on September 12, U.S.-based employees who have not yet been vaccinated will be required to take weekly coronavirus tests for as long as community case rates remain high, Delta …

Delta Orders 30 A321neo Planes from Airbus

Delta Orders 30 A321neo Planes from Airbus

Delta said Tuesday that it had ordered 30 additional A321neo jets from Airbus.
The move comes as the carrier continues to upgrade its fleet as it prepares for a continued rebound in travel.
“Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, fuel-efficient jets,” said the airline’s senior vice president in charge of its fleet, Mahendra Nair.
Delta’s orders for A321neos total 155. All are powered by Pratt & …

American, Delta, Southwest Will Encourage, But Not Mandate, Jabs for Unvaccinated Workers

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines won’t require current unvaccinated employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a stance that stands in contrast with United Airlines’ CEO’s mandate that its workers get fully vaccinated by October 25 in order to remain employed at the airline.
On Monday, the CEO Hawaiian Airlines, the nation’s tenth largest carrier, told workers that they must get vaccinated and have received their second dose …

18 Orthodox Jewish Girls Booted Off KLM Flight for Reportedly Eating Outside Prescribed Mealtimes

18 Orthodox Jewish Girls Booted Off KLM Flight for Reportedly Eating Outside Prescribed Mealtimes

Eighteen Orthodox Jewish girls traveling from Kiev to New York in a chaperoned group of 55 ran into difficulties boarding their connecting flight in Amsterdam after an unknown number of them were told by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines cabin crew not to eat the kosher meals they brought with them outside of the official mealtime on the flight.
“You can’t eat now, it’s not meal time,” at least one girl was …