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Delta: 8,000 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in last four weeks

Delta: 8,000 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in last four weeks

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTroy Warren for CNT #Travel  #Business  #COVID-19Delta Air Lines said about 8,000 of its more than 75,000 employees tested positive for COVID-19 in the last four weeks, contributing to thousands of flight cancellations over the busy holiday travel season.Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the omicron variant is moving rapidly. Employees have been returning to work after recovering, allowing the airline to stabilize operations over the last week.Delta in late December pushed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the recommended isolation time for positive cases…
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Delta Air Lines Implementing New CDC Isolation Guidance

Delta Air Lines Implementing New CDC Isolation Guidance

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel Delta Air Lines announced plans to implement the new COVID-19 isolation guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if asymptomatic, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. The updated guidance allows more flexibility for Delta to schedule crews and employees to support a busy holiday travel season and a sustained return to travel by customers. Travelers must also meet the CDC’s new isolation and masking guidelines. “This…
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Delta axes frequent flier miles for basic economy ticket

Delta axes frequent flier miles for basic economy ticket

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel Atlanta airline tries to steer passengers to higher-priced fares Delta Air Lines is removing some benefits from discounted tickets known as basic economy fares in a renewed bid to steer customers to pricier bookings. Travelers who purchase basic economy fares will no longer earn frequent flier miles for fares purchased since Dec. 9 for travel starting Jan. 1, 2022. The Atlanta-based airline also will start charging holders of basic economy fares to change flights, after allowing changes without a fee earlier in the pandemic. Delta has long said that while it sells…
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Delta unveils Team USA jet as part of Olympic sponsorship

Delta unveils Team USA jet as part of Olympic sponsorship

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Business In a bid to raise its stature as a global carrier by becoming a major Olympic sponsor, Delta Air Lines on Friday unveiled a plane marking its new role as the official airline of Team USA. The new Airbus A330-900 shown off at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is emblazoned with “TEAM USA” in blue letters on the sides of the fuselage. Atlanta-based Delta supplanted rival United Airlines, which was Team USA’s official airline for about 40 years. Delta will fly U.S. athletes to the Olympics for the next eight years — to Beijing in…
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Delta Makes Plans to Lead Travel Industry Through Next Phase of Recovery

Delta Makes Plans to Lead Travel Industry Through Next Phase of Recovery

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel Delta Air Lines presented its plan on Thursday for leading the air travel industry through the next phase of recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. During an investor meeting at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. Delta revealed its recovery will be fueled by “an intense focus on customers, the strength of its trusted consumer brand and its values-based, people-centric culture of service.” The airline’s senior leadership team is focused on expanding its platform to create value over the long term through competitive advantages, industry leadership,…
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Delta investing $1.2 billion in three foreign partner airlines

Delta investing $1.2 billion in three foreign partner airlines

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Business Delta Air Lines is re-upping its investments in its international partner carriers that have filed for bankruptcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The value of Delta’s billions of dollars in investments in the three carriers were zeroed out due to those foreign carriers’ bankruptcy filings. Now Atlanta-based Delta is investing another combined $1.2 billion in its partners Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and LATAM as they emerge from bankruptcy restructurings. Delta said Monday its investment will maintain its 49% equity stake in U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic and that it aims to have a 20%…
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Delta saw spike in employees withdrawing 401(k) funds during pandemic

Delta saw spike in employees withdrawing 401(k) funds during pandemic

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Business Last year, as the pandemic upended the travel industry, more than 40,000 Delta employees took voluntary unpaid leave. Many of the company’s other workers saw their hours and pay slashed by 25%. But there was another data point that made it clear to the airline’s executives that their workforce needed help. In total, Delta employees — who numbered more than 90,000 before the pandemic — took about $1 billion from their 401(k) retirement plans in early withdrawals last year. The raiding of retirement funds was an indication that employees were in financial straits.…
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Delta to levy $200/mth health care surcharge on unvaccinated employees

Delta to levy $200/mth health care surcharge on unvaccinated employees

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks #Business Atlanta airline also introduces weekly COVID-19 testing for holdouts Delta Air Lines plans to charge employees who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 an extra $200 a month beginning in November as part of the company’s health care plans. Atlanta-based Delta, which cited high hospitalization costs, also will require unvaccinated employees to be tested weekly for the coronavirus starting Sept. 12 while cases are high. About 75% of the airline’s 75,000 employees are already vaccinated, and the company already requires new hires to get shots. Others have been advocating more strongly for vaccine mandates since…
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Delta Upgrading In-Flight Food, Beverage Service

Delta Upgrading In-Flight Food, Beverage Service

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Delta Air Lines announced it would upgrade its in-flight food and beverage service again with the addition of Greek cuisine from San Francisco-based Souvla and American classics from New York’s Union Square Events (USE). Starting next month, Delta One and First Class passengers on select coast-to-coast flights in the United States will be able to enjoy meals inspired by the popular restaurants. For Souvla fans, many of the company’s spit-roasted meat sandwiches and salads will be available on flights alongside new dishes created exclusively for the airline. Delta customers have enjoyed menu…
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Delta loosens ticket restrictions after customers can’t reach agents

Delta loosens ticket restrictions after customers can’t reach agents

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Delta Air Lines is loosening restrictions on basic economy tickets to reduce the deluge of frustrated travelers facing hours-long waits on customer service phone lines. Basic economy tickets normally do not allow any changes to the itinerary, even for a change fee. The airline temporarily allowed more flexibility during the pandemic, but that policy ended earlier this year. Starting Wednesday, however, Delta will temporarily allow changes to basic economy tickets for travel through Dec. 31, 2021, “to help address call wait times as we increase staffing,” CEO Ed Bastian wrote in an update to customers.…
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