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Delta to Allow Travelers to Make Free Changes to Basic Economy Tickets

Delta to Allow Travelers to Make Free Changes to Basic Economy Tickets

Delta Air Lines said it would eliminate change fees for basic economy tickets for the remainder of 2021.
The move comes amidst extraordinarily long hold times to reach agents when calling the airlines. The hold times have spiked as more travelers call after not having traveled for over a year, and many have an “unprecedented” level of questions about travel policies and schedule changes amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the airline’s CEO, Ed …

Massive Internet Outage Takes Down Delta, BA, FedEx, Airbnb, and McDonald’s

Massive Internet Outage Takes Down Delta, BA, FedEx, Airbnb, and McDonald’s

A widespread Internet outage disrupted major travel, financial, retail, and Olympics-related websites across the globe early Thursday afternoon.
The problem, traced back to outages at Akamai and Oracle, two major providers of Internet infrastructure, took down Delta Air Lines, British Airways, FedEx, Airbnb, HSBC, and McDonald’s among others.
“We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service,” Akamai said at the time of the outage, which lasted less than …

Delta to Acquire Used Airbus A350s and Boeing 737s

Delta to Acquire Used Airbus A350s and Boeing 737s

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday it had agreed to purchase 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and to lease seven used Airbus A350-900s as part of a fleet replenishment program.
The airline retired approximately 200 older aircraft amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel in 2020.
“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said in a statement.
The Atlanta-based carrier expects deliveries of the planes to be complete by …

Delta Reports First Quarterly Profit Since Start of Pandemic

Delta Reports First Quarterly Profit Since Start of Pandemic

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2021.
The airline reported its first quarterly profit since the start of the pandemic and the subsequent decline in travel across the globe. The airline said that domestic travel in the United States has “fully recovered” to 2019 levels and that there have been “encouraging” signs of improvement in business and international travel.
Adjusted operating revenue for the quarter was $6.3 …

Delta, Virgin to Return to T3 as Heathrow Reopens Second Runway

Delta, Virgin to Return to T3 as Heathrow Reopens Second Runway

London’s Heathrow Airport will reopen Terminal 3 as well as its second runway as it prepares for a surge in air travel with the reopening of the European Union to visitors with vaccinated status.
The reopening means that both Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will return to T3 on or about July 15.  The runway resumed operations on Monday.
American Airlines, which was a long-time occupant of T3, will remain …

Delta to Hire 1,000 New Pilots by Next Summer

Delta to Hire 1,000 New Pilots by Next Summer

Delta Air Lines planes to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer as travel recovers from a coronavirus pandemic-induced decline.
The airline, which currently has 12,000 pilots, told employees in a memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler that hiring would begin midyear and would start with 75 pilots in the period June through August.
“This is exciting news both for the pilots looking to join Delta and those of you already …

Delta CEO Expects Domestic Travel to Return to ‘Close to 100%’ of Pre-Pandemic Levels by End of Summer

Delta CEO Expects Domestic Travel to Return to ‘Close to 100%’ of Pre-Pandemic Levels by End of Summer

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he believes that domestic travel in the United States will return to almost 100% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the summer.
“We expect that, by the end of this summer, that number will get pretty darn close to 100%,” he told Fox News reporter Liz Clamin in an interview on Thursday.
“It’s been a massive return to travel led by consumers,” Bastian added, saying that …