Delta Air Lines outlines response to COVID-19

Delta Airlines has announced it is taking the following actions to address the challenges of COVID-19, the company said.

-Making significant capacity reductions for the June quarter versus prior year with total system capacity down 85 percent, including domestic down by 80 and international capacity down by 90 percent
-Adopting new cleaning procedures on all flights, including fogging on all aircraft overnight and sanitizing high-touch areas like tray tables, entertainment screens, armrests and seat-back pockets before boarding
-Taking steps to help employees and customers practice social distancing, including blocking middle seats, pausing automatic upgrades, modifying our boarding process and moving to essential meal service only
-Extending 2020 Medallion Status an additional year, rolling Medallion Qualification Miles into 2021, and extending Delta SkyMiles American Express Card benefits and Delta Sky Club memberships
-Giving customers flexibility to plan, re-book and travel including extending expiration on travel credits to two years

Delta and its 90,000 employees are taking an active role in the nation´s fight against the virus by:

-Offering free flights to medical professionals fighting COVID-19 in the hardest-hit areas of the US
-Chartering international cargo-only flights to provide healthcare workers with materials needed to do their jobs
-Operating charters and specially approved scheduled flights to nations around the world to repatriate more than 28,000 people displaced by the virus to the US
-Manufacturing tens of thousands of face shields and masks at Delta Flight Products to aid healthcare workers
-Partnering with the US military to develop and manufacture secure, sterile transport pods at Delta TechOps, which will safely transit infected personnel to hospitals and medical centers
-Donating over 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals, first responders, community food banks, and organizations including Feeding America