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Delta sets the retirement date for the MD-88 and MD-90 fleets

Photo: Delta Air Lines.

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta’s McDonnell Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s will depart on their last scheduled revenue flights on June 2, 2020 as Delta officially retires the “Mad Dog” jets from the fleet.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N994DL (msn 53346) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 950150.

Above Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-88 N994DL (msn 53346) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 950150.

In a nod to the T-tail jet’s name, Delta flight 88, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88, will depart on its last scheduled revenue flight on the morning of Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from Washington-Dulles International Airport to our hub in Atlanta.

Earlier that same morning, Delta flight 90, operated by an MD-90 aircraft, will fly from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to ATL.

For the MD-90, the final flight will arrive from Houston (IAH) at Atlanta at 8:58 a.m. while the final MD-88 will arrive from Washington (Dulles), DC at ATL at 10:00 a.m.

Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N905DA (msn 53385) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100298.

Above Copyright Photo: The MD-90-30 in the original 2000 livery: Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 N905DA (msn 53385) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100298.

Once on the ground in Atlanta, the aircraft will join several other MD-88s and MD-90s as they fly to Blytheville, Arkansas, where they will be officially retired from the fleet.

Last month Delta announced its plans to retire the MD-88 and MD-90 fleet earlier than previously planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on travel demand.

Delta has been able to react quickly to the COVID-19 crisis by parking aircraft and considering early retirements of older, less efficient airplanes. Delta continues to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on a modern, simpler fleet going forward.

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Delta-designed airport lobby and gate safety barriers on the way

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

To add another layer of safety at airports for Delta customers and our people, Delta turned to its Delta Flight Products subsidiary to design and manufacture a custom plexiglass safety barrier especially for airport check-in lobbies, departure gates and Delta Sky Club counters.

The Delta Flight Products team quickly created a thoughtful design, worked with Airport Customer Service teams to test installation at Delta’s Atlanta Hub and is now manufacturing up to 150 ​barriers every day.

“This is yet another testament to Delta’s nimbleness, ingenuity and our relentless commitment to keeping our people and our customers safe in our airports as we all manage the impact of the ongoing pandemic,” said Eric Phillips, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service and Cargo. “We appreciate the agility of our Delta Flight Products colleagues to so quickly and expertly produce these safety barriers, which will add another level of safety as our customers check-in, visit a Delta Sky Club and board their flight.”

Full outfitting of the safety barriers at all check-in lobbies and departure gates is expected at Delta’s U.S. hub airports by June 1 and at all U.S. locations in the weeks following. Delta Sky Club installations are expected to be complete this summer and Delta also intends to install at airports outside the U.S. in the weeks ahead.

Delta has committed to its new clean standards for the long term, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, bringing the same rigor to cleanliness that it used to redefine industry on-time expectations for customers.

Delta Flight Products has quickly shifted its industrial manufacturing capabilities during the pandemic to create face shields for medical professionals and worked with Delta TechOps to produce a military transport pod for the U.S. Air Force.

Delivering on Delta’s New Standard of Clean  

Delta will continue evaluating our practices and new opportunities to support personal safety. Requiring customers and employees to wear face coverings throughout their journey is one of many steps Delta has taken to protect their health and safety, while providing an essential service to the communities we continue to serve. These efforts and our new standard of clean include:

  • ​Expanding electrostatic sanitizing spraying – to all aircraft and adopting extensive pre-flight cleaning practices that disinfect high-touch areas – on top of existing cleaning measures and the use of state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than more than 99.99% of particles, including coronaviruses, on most Delta aircraft and circulating 100% fresh external air on all other Delta aircraft.
  • Taking steps to give customers and employees more space for safer travel on the ground and in the air by blocking middle seats, reducing the number of customers on each flight and pausing automatic Medallion Complimentary Upgrades
  • Adjusting the boarding process to encourage more space for safer travel by boarding all flights from back-to-front — reducing the instances of customers needing to pass by one another to reach their seats
  • Streamlining onboard food and beverage service on all flights and encouraging customers to pack their own food and beverages to decrease touch points
  • Providing supplies directly to customers when available, including hand sanitizers, amenity kits and other protective equipment to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses
  • Connecting with health experts, partners and healthcare industry leaders on best practices

Delta’s summer schedule is 85 percent smaller than last year, with reductions of 80 percent in U.S. domestic capacity and 90 percent internationally

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta’s summer schedule continues to be shaped by customer demand, CDC guidelines and government travel regulations. While the June schedule is significantly reduced in comparison to last year, customers will see the return of several major routes, both U.S. domestic and international, which were previously suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customers traveling with Delta can feel confident in a safe flying experience. In addition to requiring customers and employees to wear face coveringsthroughout the travel journey, Delta has implemented policies like capping seating between 50 and 60 percent to ensure customer spacing on all aircraft, elevated its cleaning measures to deliver a new standard of clean, and streamlined its in-flight services to decrease touch points on board. Customers also have added flexibility if they need to change their plans.

Here’s a snapshot of where Delta is planning to fly in June. This schedule, including routes and frequency, remains subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19. This page may be updated.


U.S. DOMESTIC

Ensuring connectivity for customers with critical travel needs, Delta continues to provide flights to all U.S. hubs and top markets, though frequency is significantly reduced. While Delta has temporarily consolidated operations in some markets served by multiple airports, the airline is adding more flights to its June schedule in comparison to May, primarily in Atlanta, New York and between hubs.

CANADA​

  • Detroit to Montreal (daily)
  • Detroit to Ottawa (daily)
  • Detroit to Toronto (daily)
  • Minneapolis to Calgary (daily)
  • Minneapolis to Edmonton (daily)
  • Minneapolis to Winnipeg (daily)
  • New York-JFK to Toronto (daily)
  • Seattle to Vancouver (daily)

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Caribbean

 

  • Atlanta to Aruba (less than daily service restarts in second half of June)
  • Atlanta to Bermuda (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to Bonaire (Saturday only service restarts in second half of June)
  • Atlanta to Kingston, Jamaica (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to Montego Bay, Jamaica (daily)
  • Atlanta to Nassau, Bahamas (daily)
  • Atlanta to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to San Juan, Puerto Rico (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to St. Croix (Saturday only)
  • Atlanta to St. Lucia (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to St. Maarten (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to St. Thomas (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to Santiago, Dominican Republic (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to San Juan, Puerto Rico (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (less than daily)​

Central America

  • Atlanta to Liberia, Costa Rica (less than daily service restarts in second half of June)
  • Atlanta to Panama City, Panama (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to San José, Costa Rica (less than daily service restarts in second half of June)
  • Atlanta to San Pedro Sula, Honduras (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to San Salvador, El Salvador (less than daily)​

Mexico

  • Atlanta to Cancun (daily)
  • Atlanta to Mexico City (daily)
  • Detroit to Mexico City (less than daily)
  • Los Angeles to Los Cabos (less than daily)
  • Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta (less than daily)
  • Salt Lake City to Mexico City (daily)​

South America​

  • Atlanta to Bogotá, Colombia (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to São Paulo, Brazil (less than daily)

TRANS-ATLANTIC

 

  • Atlanta to Amsterdam (daily)
  • Atlanta to Frankfurt (less than daily)
  • Atlanta to Lagos (less than daily*)
  • Atlanta to Paris-Charles De Gaulle (less than daily)
  • Detroit to Amsterdam (daily)
  • Detroit to London-Heathrow (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to Amsterdam (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to Paris-Charles De Gaulle (less than daily)
  • New York-JFK to Tel Aviv (less than daily)​

*Delta’s restart of service to Nigeria is subject to foreign government approval.

Delta’s Frankfurt and London flights also double as scheduled cargo service. Learn more.

 

TRANS-PACIFIC

  • Detroit to Seoul-Incheon (daily)
  • Detroit to Shanghai (daily*)
  • Seattle to Seoul-Incheon (less than daily)
  • Seattle to Shanghai (daily*)
  • ​Seattle to Tokyo-Haneda (less than daily)

 

*Delta’s restart of passenger flights to China is subject to government approval. We will also operate cargo-only scheduled service from Shanghai to Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Delta’s second quarter schedule is 85 percent smaller than last year, with reductions of 80 percent in U.S. domestic capacity and 90 percent internationally.

Delta’s May schedule can be viewed here. We will continue evaluating the remainder of our summer service and adjust as needed.​

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Delta to early retire the Boeing 777-200 fleet by the end of the year

"The Delta Spirit"

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Delta plans to retire its 18 wide body Boeing 777-200s by the end of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The retirement will accelerate the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet, while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft.

Last month, Delta announced plans to accelerate the retirement of the McDonnell MD-88 and MD-90 fleets to June. Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation, Delta has reacted quickly by parking aircraft and considering early aircraft retirements to reduce operational complexity and cost. To date, the airline has parked more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft to adjust capacity to match reduced customer demand.

The Boeing 777-200 first entered the fleet in 1999 and grew to 18 aircraft, including 10 of the long-range 777-200LR variant, which arrived in 2008. At the time, aircraft was uniquely positioned to fly non-stop between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, Los Angeles to Sydney and other distant destinations.

Delta will continue flying its fleet of long-haul next generation Airbus A350-900s, which burn 21% less fuel per seat than the 777s they will replace.

Despite a reduction in international passenger travel, the 777 fleet has been the workhorse of Delta’s cargo, mail and U.S. citizen repatriation operations amid the pandemic. Since late April, the widebody jet has flown dozens of trips from Chicago and Los Angeles to Frankfurt to deliver mail to U.S. military troops abroad; operated between the U.S. and Asia to deliver thousands of pounds of critical, life-saving supplies to aid in the COVID-19 response; and carried thousands of U.S. citizens back to the U.S. from Sydney, Mumbai, Manila and other cities around the world.

More specific details of the timing of the 777’s exit from the fleet will be disclosed at a later date.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-232 LR N701DN (msn 29740) “The Delta Spirit” AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 950027.

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide show (Boeing):

Delta and LATAM sign trans-American joint venture agreement

Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group and its affiliates have signed a trans-American Joint Venture Agreement that, once regulatory approvals where required are granted, will combine the carriers’ highly complementary route networks between North and South America, providing customers with a seamless travel experience and industry-leading connectivity.

“Late last year, we set out to build the leading strategic alliance in Latin America together with LATAM, and while the industry landscape has changed, our commitment to this joint venture is as strong as ever,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Even as our carriers contend with the impact of COVID-19 on our business and take steps to protect the safety of our customers and employees, we are also building the airline alliance we know they’ll want to fly in the future.”

“While we remain focused on navigating the COVID-19 crisis and protecting the safety and well-being of our passengers and employees, we also have to look to the future to ensure the best possible customer experience and support the long-term sustainability of the group,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group. “Our bilateral strategic alliance with Delta remains a priority and we firmly believe that it still promises to offer customers the leading travel experience and connectivity in the Americas.”

Since September 2019, Delta and LATAM have achieved various milestones in their framework agreement with customer benefits including:

  • Codeshare agreements between Delta and LATAM’s affiliates in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil that allow customers to purchase flights and access onward destinations in their respective networks and will be expanded to cover long-haul flights between the United States/Canada and South America, as well as regional flights. Delta and LATAM’s affiliates in Chile and Argentina also plan to sign codeshare agreements in the coming weeks.
  • Frequent flyer benefits: Delta SkyMiles members can earn and use miles on LATAM flights, while LATAM Pass members can earn and use miles on Delta flights across their respective networks. Reciprocal top tier loyalty recognition is expected to be available during June 2020.
  • Smoother connections at hub airports: Customers can easily connect between Delta and LATAM flights in hub airports where the carriers have collocated, including Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City) and Terminal 3 at São Paulo’s Guarulhos Airport.
  • Mutual lounge access: Eligible LATAM customers can access the Delta Sky Club in New York-JFK and eligible Delta customers can access LATAM’s lounge in Bogota/BOG. Expanded reciprocal lounge access at airports throughout the Americas is planned for June 2020.

Delta is now sanitizing every flight!

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

As of this week, Delta is sanitizing every flight at every Delta airport using electrostatic sprayers, an important achievement on our quest to raise the standards for airline cleanliness.

Delta began using electrostatic sprayers to sanitize aircraft cabins on U.S.-bound flights from Asia in February. Since then, the airline has been aggressively expanding this pre-cleaning procedure to flights across the world.

“Providing a clean and healthy flying experience goes beyond meeting customer expectations, it’s part of our commitment to safety,” said Eric Phillips, Senior Vice President – Airport Customer Service and Cargo. “Our customers can fly with confidence knowing that, on every Delta flight, the cabin has been sanitized top to bottom, interior surfaces and common areas have been thoroughly cleaned and Delta team members have confirmed the aircraft meets our cleanliness standards before boarding ever begins.”

Electrostatic spraying provides a safe and effective way to thoroughly clean an aircraft cabin from floor to ceiling, sanitizing areas that employees and customers frequently touch. These sprayers electrically charge and disperse liquid disinfectant in a fine mist that clings to surfaces such as seats, seatback screens, armrests, tray tables, doors, lavatories and galleys throughout the aircraft interior. This high-grade disinfectant is highly effective against many communicable diseases, including coronaviruses, and is immediately safe for customers and crew after it’s applied. Following the sanitization process, cleaning crews complete an extensive checklist of cleaning procedures using this same high-grade disinfectant to wipe down personal and common areas of the cabin.

Delta is also sanitizing Reservation Centers, employee work and break areas in airports, pilot and flight attendant lounges, and office spaces using this same procedure. From expanded cleaning processes throughout the operation to making more space for safer travel both on and off the aircraft, Delta continues to implement safety enhancements for customers and employees.

“We’re taking a holistic approach to cleanliness to keep employees and customers safe in airports and onboard,” said Eric. “I am extremely proud of our teams who are going the extra mile throughout the operation to transform what it means for an airline to be clean.”

Delta Connection flights maintain the same cleaning procedures and standards as mainline Delta flights, and Delta’s partner airlines continue to focus on aircraft cleanliness as an important safety measure.

Delta has committed to its new clean standards for the long term, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, bringing the same rigor to cleanliness that it used to redefine industry on-time expectations for customers.

Delta to require all customers to wear face coverings

Delta Air Lines has made this announcement:

Aligning with best practice guidelines from the CDC, starting May 4 Delta will require all customers to wear a face mask or appropriate face covering when traveling.

Delta employees and customers will experience an extra layer of protection starting May 4, as we require all customers to wear a face mask or appropriate face covering when traveling with us. Aligning with best practice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, this move comes on the heels of our announcement earlier this week requiring employees worldwide to wear face masks if they are unable to maintain six feet of distance with customers or each other. This requirement for our people helps set the example for our customers to follow as well.

This action is one more way we are working to protect our people and customers, as well as doing our part in the broader community to help slow and stop the spread of the virus. Other measures include:

  • New temporary requirements for employees to wear masks or face coverings when within six feet of others while at work, starting this week
  • Employee temperature checks
  • Enhanced cleaning measures implemented in airports and on aircraft
  • Expanding electrostatic spraying procedures, which disinfect employee work and break areas, to more locations

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our people and our customers,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer. “While we remain committed to our new standard of clean and to providing more space for our customers when they travel, we take seriously the CDC guidelines for adding this extra layer of protection. We believe this change will give customers and employees some additional comfort when traveling with us.”

Please visit the CDC website for guidance on:

Face coverings will be required starting in the check-in lobby and across Delta touchpoints including Delta Sky Clubs, boarding gate areas, jet bridges and on board the aircraft for the duration of the flight – except during meal service. Their use is also strongly encouraged in high-traffic areas including security lines and restrooms. People unable to keep a face covering in place, including children, are exempt.

This temporary requirement will be communicated to customers using the same channels we have shared changes to service and experiences throughout this pandemic. Delta.com, Pre-flight emails and Fly Delta app push notifications will serve as reminders before heading to the airport, while signage, displays and, of course, our incredible Delta people will support this effort via announcements once traveling. And while we continue to encourage customers to bring their own face covering when traveling with us, supplies will be available for customers who need them.

Delivering on Delta’s New Standard of Clean 

Delta will continue evaluating our practices and new opportunities to support personal safety. Requiring customers and employees to wear face coverings throughout their journey is one of many steps Delta has taken to protect their health and safety, while providing an essential service to the communities we continue to serve. These efforts and our new standard of clean include:

  • Expanding electrostatic sanitizing spraying – to all aircraft and adopting extensive pre-flight cleaning practices that disinfect high-touch areas – on top of existing cleaning measures and the use of state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than more than 99.999% of even the tiniest viruses on many Delta aircraft

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  • Taking steps to give customers and employees more space for safer travel on the ground and in the air by blocking middle seats, reducing the number of customers on each flight and pausing automatic Medallion Complimentary Upgrades
  • Adjusting the boarding process to encourage more space for safer travel by boarding all flights from back-to-front — reducing the instances of customers needing to pass by one another to reach their seats
  • Streamlining onboard food and beverage service on all flights and encouraging customers to pack their own food and beverages to decrease touch points
  • Providing supplies directly to customers when available, including hand sanitizers, amenity kits and other protective equipment to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses
  • Connecting with health experts, partners and healthcare industry leaders on best practices