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Back in May, it was suggested that Delta would be restarting services to China from the beginning of this month but 1 June came and went and there was no sign that Delta was ready to head back to China. Now, in an announcement put out today, Delta has confirmed that it's restarting operations to Shanghai later this week...but they're restarting with a twist.
As of today, Delta is operating two more routes between the United States and Europe than it operated last week (it plans to offer nine transatlantic routes in June) and the airline's president told yesterday's employee virtual town hall that Delta would be modifying its operations to/from South Africa to include Cape Town when those services resume.
Delta is the proud operator of 18 Boeing 777 aircraft and it has refitted each of these aircraft with its highly acclaimed "Delta One Suites" that have taken US airline premium cabins to a whole new level. With that in mind, it's more than a little surprising to see Delta announce that it will be retiring all 18 of these aircraft by the end of this year.
Yesterday, I wrote about United Airlines heading to the stock market to raise up to $1.1 billion to add to the $5 billion the US government just handed the airline, and now it's Delta's turn to tap up big investors for more cash as it announces a bond issue and a new Term Loan B facility which will total an impressive $3 billion.
Delta has just announced a series of new measures which it hopes will help passengers to continue practice social distancing in the air as well as on the ground. These measures include pausing advance complimentary upgrades and blocking seats in most cabins across the airline's remaining route network.
Delta has just announced that, following a review of its current fee waiver policies, it has decided to extend the change fee waiver period for select bookings through to May 2022. That's a date that's well over two years away and when you see which bookings get this exemption you'll also see that this isn't a cash reservation exercise by Delta - this appears to be a genuinely nice move.
Following the news that the United States is banning select travelers from entering the country if they have been traveling in any one of the 26 European countries signed up to the Schengen Agreement in the past 14 days, Delta is waiving change fees for bookings to/from certain European counties...including some countries not included in the ban.
American Airlines was the first US legacy carrier to waive change fees for travel across its network and now that Delta and United have both caught up and issued their own change fee waivers I thought that I may be helpful to show what all three carriers are offering in one single post.
I'm in the process of putting together a post showing exactly what each of the 3 US legacy carriers is offering with their "Change Fee Waivers" that have recently been announced, but there's one particular aspect of Delta's waiver that I'm struggling to understand because, to me, it looks more than a little odd...but I may be missing something.