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Delta pays its employees $1.3 billion in profit sharing

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

  • Delta is paying employees $1.3 billion, the airline’s second largest profit sharing pool in history.
  • To fuel Delta’s commitment to communities and celebrate five years of paying out over $1 billion, the airline is introducing a paid day of service for all 80,000 employees to volunteer.
  • Delta is named one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For in recognition of its incomparable culture and programs like one of the world’s best profit sharing plans.

Delta Air Lines is celebrating the achievements of its more than 80,000 employees across the globe by paying out over $1 bi​llion in profit sharing, the fifth consecutive payout at this level for a combined total of more than $6 billion. This means that each eligible employee will receive a bonus equal to 14 percent of their annual pay, creating the second largest profit sharing pool in Delta history.

“The Delta team continues to deliver outstanding results in 2018, with unmatched reliability and customer service,” said Delta’s Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian. “Giving back has always been a part of our culture so, to celebrate, we are investing both in the Delta people who continue to carry our airline to new heights and in the communities where they live, work and serve.”

As part of the profit sharing celebration, Delta is redoubling its commitment to communities worldwide by investing further in Delta people and the charitable organizations they care about. Staring April 1, Delta employees will be paid when they volunteer with a 501(c)(3) or international nonprofit organization of their choice. The program is expected to put up to 640,000 additional hours of service into communities on top of the thousands of hours of time Delta employees already give.

“When customers choose Delta, they are making a difference in communities around the world,” said Bastian. “Our employees are already giving their time and talents to serve their neighbors. We know that in moments of service, they are truly at their best. That’s why we’re going to pay them to spend more time giving back.”

This announcement furthers Delta’s community ‘profit sharing’ program, introduced in 2016, in which the airline committed to give one percent of its net profits to key charitable organizations. In 2018, this commitment resulted in over $50 million in community giving.

The world can follow along with Delta employees’ global “give back” footprint as they share their days of service on TheGreatDeltaGiveBack.com.

Delta Air Lines’ commitment to social responsibility

Delta Air Lines is working to connect the world and that starts by making a difference in the communities where Delta people live, work and serve. When customers choose Delta, they make a difference in communities around the world. Last year, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed over $50 million through the airline’s commitment to give one percent of its income to key charitable organizations. Delta people actively volunteer their time and talents, an effort that will only be amplified by Delta’s February 2019 commitment to pay employees to spend a day giving back to a host of causes across the globe, with key focus areas including health and wellness, education, military and veterans, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion.

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Delta to restore seasonal nonstop New York-JFK – Rio de Janeiro flights

Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER WL N197DN (msn 28454) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 945676.

Delta Air Lines will continue its nonstop seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Rio de Janeiro-GIG, boosting holiday season and Carnival travel. The flight will operate overnight southbound as before, but will return northbound in the morning, complementing our evening GIG-Atlanta flight.

For the third winter season in a row, the GIG-JFK route will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft- beginning on December 19, 2019, and running through March 9, 2020. The 225-passenger aircraft includes 25 Delta One flat-bed seats, featuring regionally inspired meals paired with wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson and extra wide in-flight entertainment screens.

The following schedule and is now available for sale:

  • Departs New York – JFK at 5:55 p.m. and arrives in Rio de Janeiro – GIG at 6:45 a.m.
  • Departs Rio de Janeiro- GIG at 9:10 a.m. and arrives in New York – JFK at 4:10 p.m.

The seasonal service to Rio de Janeiro is one of Delta’s most successful routes, along with current service to other top Latin American business and leisure destinations such as Bogota, Cartagena, Quito, Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo.

From JFK Delta operates more than 200 flights per day to nearly 90 worldwide destinations, nearly 20 of those destinations are in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2018, the airline announced new service between JFK and Antigua; Kingston, Jamaica; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-332 ER WL N197DN (msn 28454) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 945676.

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Delta inaugurates Airbus A220 service this morning

Delta Air Lines, Airbus and United Technologies Corporation this morning (February 7) celebrated the entry into service (EIS) of the airline’s first Airbus A220 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines. The momentous occasion makes Delta the first A220 operator in North America. The event was commemorated with a gate celebration at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

In April 2016, Delta announced its order of 75 firm Airbus A220 aircraft with options for up to 50 additional aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

In January, Delta added 15 firm aircraft, increasing its total firm order to 90 A220 aircraft.

Delta also announced selection of the GTF engine to power its order of 100 firm A321neo aircraft in December 2017 with options for up to 100 additional aircraft. Additionally, Delta TechOps joined Pratt & Whitney’s growing MRO network which supports the GTF engine fleet and Pratt & Whitney customers worldwide.

The A220, exclusively powered by the GTF engine, offers double-digit improvement in operating costs compared to current generation aircraft. It’s 20% more fuel efficient and provides a 75% reduction in noise footprint and NOx emissions 50% below the ICAO CAEP 6 regulation.

Later Delta made this announcement:

PHOTO BY NOAM GALAI

Delta’s Airbus A220 has made its official debut — a moment years in the making for customers and employees across the airline.

In the early hours this morning, Delta flight 744 pushed back from the gate at New York’s LaGuardia Airport carrying customers for the first time on board Delta’s newest narrow body jet, the state-of-the-art A220-100.

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Delta)

Terminal C was bustling with excitement as customers, employees and aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the first flight’s departure.

(Cooper Neill / Getty Images for Delta)

Likewise, gatehouse festivities were underway this morning in Texas, where customers and employees eagerly awaited the morning’s first A220 departure from Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Outfitted with a state-of-the art interior, Delta’s A220 brings elements of international widebody travel to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.

Highlights of Delta’s A220 include:

  • 109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
  • State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
  • Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting

Delta’s A220, which takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver considerable improvements in fuel efficiency, is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020.

Delta took delivery of its first A220 in October 2018, and recently announced an order for 15 additional A220s, extending its order book to 90 total aircraft.

Photo: United Technologies Corporation and Delta.

 

Delta issues weather waiver for Detroit hub, surrounding Great Lakes cities

Delta Air Lines has issued this statement:

A weather waiver has been proactively issued for customers traveling to, through or from Delta’s Detroit hub and several other Michigan cities and South Bend, Ind​. ahead of the latest winter storm system.

Delta’s Meteorology team in the airline’s Operation and Customer Center forecasts the system to bring freezing rain, ice pellets and mixed precipitation to the area Tuesday overnight into Wednesday morning. A quarter to half inch of ice is expected through noon on Wednesday, likely hampering morning startup as heavy de-ice operations will be underway, prompting delays and the potential for cancels as a result.

The waiver allows customers traveling to, from or through the affected cities on Feb. 5 and 6, to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee and includes:

  • Alpena, MI (APN)
  • Detroit, MI (DTW)
  • Flint, MI (FNT)
  • Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)
  • Kalamazoo, MI (AZO)
  • Lansing, MI (LAN)
  • Pellston, MI (PLN)
  • Saginaw, MI (MBS)
  • South Bend, IN (SBN)
  • Traverse City, MI (TVC)

Customers are encouraged to check Delta.com or the Fly Delta App for their latest flight status.​

Delta previews the introduction of the new Airbus A220-100 in three episodes

Delta’s newest narrow body jet, the state-of-the-art Airbus A200-100, is just days away from entering service, with inaugural flights set to depart this Thursday, February 7, from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Routes featuring the A220 include:​

Market In-Service
New York-LGA to Boston January
New York-LGA to Dallas/Ft. Worth* January
Detroit to Dallas/Ft. Worth** March
New York-LGA to Houston-IAH* April
Salt Lake City to Dallas/Ft. Worth May
Minneapolis/St. Paul to Dallas/Ft. Worth June
Houston-IAH to Detroit & Minneapolis/St. Paul July
Houston-IAH to Salt Lake City* July
New York-JFK to Dallas/Ft. Worth* August

*Denotes route that will eventually be operated fully by A220

While in many ways the A220 represents the future – from a state-of-the-art interior to superior fuel efficiency – it also represents years of hard work on behalf of Delta employees across the airline.

Above Copyright Photo: Brian Peters.

Behind-the-scenes, a team of Delta employees, in partnership with Airbus, have been working together for months to prepare North America’s first A220 for service. From honing in on the aircraft’s design to proving that flight crews can safely evacuate the aircraft in 15 seconds or less – the to-do list for readying a new aircraft is long, and often unexpected.

Today, Delta is launching the “Best in Class” A220 miniseries to dive into these efforts. In this three-part series, viewers will hear from Delta people across the business who’ve played a critical role in preparing the A220 to join Delta’s fleet, while keeping customers at the forefront in each decision along the way.

In the first episode, “Coming Together,” we begin with Delta employees gearing up to sell A220 tickets for the first time. Follow along as Delta’s very first A220 goes through the assembly line, paint shop, and ultimately touches down in Delta’s hometown of Atlanta.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch self-service bag drop at London-Heathrow

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic are launching 18 self-service bag-drop units at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3, saving customers valuable time at the airport through the use of intuitive technology.

Available on all Delta- and Virgin Atlantic-operated flights to the United States, the new self-service units have been rolled out following successful testing at London Heathrow. Through intuitive, easy-to-use technology, customers can drop their bags in under two minutes, giving them more time to enjoy Terminal 3’s lounges or many retail and restaurant outlets.

To take advantage of the new machines, customers need to check-in via one of Delta’s self-service channels and follow these simple steps:

  • Scan their mobile or printed boarding pass
  • Place their bag on the bag belt
  • Print their bag tag and attach it to the bag
  • Send the bag for loading

Bags are then accepted into the system and screened as they would be during the traditional bag drop process at the counter.

“The new machines are another way that Delta and Virgin Atlantic are working together to ease the journey through our London hub,” said Corneel Koster, Delta’s S.V.P. of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. “With a quick and easy bag-drop experience, customers can choose how they enjoy that extra time before they fly.”

For further peace of mind, the self-service units support Delta’s pioneering RFID bag tracking technology by issuing RFID chipped bag tags. These synch to the Fly Delta app so customers can track their checked bags in real time.

Hayley Parker, Vice President of Airports at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’re always looking at ways to improve the customer journey, and self-service bag drop is another example of how we’re making things easier for our customers. This new technology enables customers to breeze through the airport, while ensuring our team are still on hand to deliver personalised service and answer queries at all times.”

Delta de-icing: Keeping flights moving safely amid winter weather, cold temps

Delta Air Lines issued this report:

Delta’s de-ice teams are prepped and ready to keep planes moving safely in cities across the eastern U.S., Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions while a cold front continues pushing east.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the airline canceled approximately 200 flights – with the majority through Atlanta, where a mixed precipitation was anticipated mid-day. Delta does not anticipate any further flight disruptions at the airline’s largest hub in Atlanta, though a waiver remains in effect through Friday.

While the potential for snow in Atlanta diminished through the day Tuesday, cities from the Great Lakes region, mid-Atlantic and up into the Northeast still have opportunity to see extreme temperatures and frozen or mixed precipitation through Wednesday. Delta anticipates normal operations with no planned flight schedule adjustments thanks to the millions Delta invested in de-icing operations, including additional equipment, technology and year-round training for employees across Delta’s network.

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Taking care of our employees during extreme temperatures

Safety is always Delta’s top priority, which is why the airline is taking proper steps for employees in the Upper Midwest, where cities are facing the coldest temperatures in a generation.

Delta has been preparing for winter weather across the system for months – especially for employees working outside by gathering hand warmers and extra uniform layers, and offering frequent breaks and hydration stations.

Employees who provide ground handling services who are exposed to the elements have been equipped with a number of personal protective equipment aimed at ensuring their safety. This is the first winter that uniformed employees are sporting the innovative new Zac Posen uniforms designed for sub-zero temperatures with safety and comfort in mind. Uniform pieces include winter hats, insulated gloves, three-layered winter jackets and more to help employees stay warm during the plunging temps.