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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 being tugged ain Atlanta. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Delta to Launch Quarantine Free Flights to Rome

Delta Air Lines is hoping to launch flights to Italy where passengers can skip the quarantine from December. The plan, an arrangement between the airline, Rome Fiumicino Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, will use three stages of testing to enable customers to access Italy without having to isolate on arrival. Both outbound and return flights between Rome and Atlanta would hope to be COVID-free with testing in place before departure and on return. On these flights, customers would have to test negative…

Boeing 717 Sunsetting Means the End for The DC-9 Family

On February 25, 1965, the Douglas DC-9 took to the skies, creating a new narrowbody aircraft for the commercial aviation industry to take notice to. Much like the airlines that have utilized the jet, the aircraft itself has gone through various transformations becoming the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 and eventually…

Trip Report: Delta’s Final 777 Passenger Flight

As airlines begin to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta is continuing to finalize some of its fleet restructuring programs. On Oct. 31, it had its final passenger flight onboard the Boeing 777 aircraft. I was lucky enough to get a seat on this final farewell flight.…

How Airbus’ First US-Assembled A220 Impacts the Industry

Five months after Airbus inaugurated its newly completed, comprehensive hangar – designed to handle the final assembly line for the A220 commercial aircraft – in Mobile, Ala., the major aircraft manufacturer officially delivered its first-ever U.S. built A220 to Delta. potentially paving the pathway for evolving its production capabilities and…

Delta CEO Says Airline is Looking to 2022, 2023 for…

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines reported a nearly $5.4 billion net — after-tax —loss in the third quarter on Tuesday morning as the airline became the first major U.S. carrier to release figures for the period. This came even as the airline has continued to work to lower cash burn and…

Confirmed: Delta Plans Final Scheduled 777 Flight

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will operate its final Boeing 777 flight on Oct. 31, the carrier confirmed to AirlineGeeks. After announcing earlier this year that it would retire all of its 777s by the end of 2020, the date is now official. Two flights have been put on the schedule…

Delta Retires Final Eight Boeing 737-700s

Delta Air Lines has retired its final Boeing 737-700 aircraft, sources close to the matter confirmed to AirlineGeeks. Delta had eight 737-700s in its fleet as of Sept. 13 and the final planes were ferried to storage on Sept. 25.  Delta’s final 737-700s were registered as N301DQ, N302DQ, N303DQ, N304DQ,…

Delta Sets November Entry for A220-300

Despite the onslaught of aircraft leaving Delta’s fleet as COVID-19 continues to reshape the airline industry, the airline is finally adding the newest bird to its fleet with the introduction of the larger Airbus A220-300 in November. The aircraft is due to begin operations on Nov. 10 and will join…

Delta Embraces New Widebody Aircraft Despite Global Pandemic

It may seem as though there is not much to celebrate about within the aviation industry as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the airlines. Despite many airlines resuming flights and even inaugurating some unique routes, especially within the U.S., travel demand levels prior to the global pandemic will not…

Analysis: U.S. Airlines Drop Change Fees

United Airlines announced over the weekend that it will permanently drop change fees on domestic flights in a move most likely intended to win over passengers while demand stays low amid the coronavirus pandemic. A day later, on Monday, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines followed suit and published press…