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Delta Introducing New Lobby and Gate Safety Barriers

Working with internal staff, Delta’s Flight Products team has created an additional layer of safety at airports for its customers, as well as the airline’s staff. Plexiglass safety barriers have been installed in airport check-in lobbies, at each departure gate, as well as at Delta Sky Club check-in counters.

The Atlanta-based carrier has often amazed the industry with its ability to move quickly to make major changes, and the manufacturing of more than 150 barriers daily in order to update all of its airport locations was no small feat.

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“That’s One Small Step for Man, a Giant Step for Mankind”

For those of us who have been around long enough, you probably remember the words of Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon back in 1969.

While it isn’t quite as monumental as that, the news that Alaska Airlines is no longer using single-use throwaway plastic bottles of water on its flights, to me, is a huge step forward for the airline industry. And hopefully, for other uses of plastic beyond flying.

Beginning November 4, Alaska is switching to a water branded as “Boxed Water is Better”, a company that uses 92% plant-based cartons instead of plastic bottles. While the airline will continue to use plastic cups to serve other cold beverages, certainly it’s just a matter of time before this changes too.

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Battle for the Northeast Intensifies as Delta Adds More than 100 Daily Flights

Not to be outdone by the aggressive expansion of the Jet Blue/American Airlines relationship throughout the Northeast corridor, Delta Air LInes has announced a dramatic increase in capacity that brings back nonstop service to the 40 largest city-pairs from both JFK International and LaGuardia airports.

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Sun Country Announces an Array of New Flights from the Twin Cities

Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Sun Country Airlines has released details about its spring-to-fall 2022 flight schedule from MSP, with some returning destinations as well as some unexpected new spots being added.

Since raising $218 million in its IPO last spring, owner Apollo Management Group in New York has begun an expansion of the low-fare carrier which calls Terminal 2 (Humphrey) home at the Twin Cities airport. Staying away from the big boys, especially the dominant hub carrier at MSP, Delta Air Lines, Sun Country typically offers one flight daily, if that, to many of its destinations.

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Delta Wants Airlines to Share Banned Flier Lists

The world according to Covid is a far cry from life before the virus. With more than 700,00 Americans now dead from Covid-19 and nearly 5 million worldwide having lost their lives, it isn’t surprising that many people have gone a bit bonkers due to mask requirements, vaccines, restaurants closed or only serving take-away food, and most cultural events from concerts to museums to sporting events cancelled or severly restricted.

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United Prepares to Ax Almost 600 Workers

Having recently returned from a vacation to Iceland, this story grabbed my attention this week. United Airlines has set an absolute deadline of Monday, October 4, for all domestic employees to provide proof of vaccination for the Covid-19 virus. And starting the next day, the carrier will begin the process of firing 593 employees who so far haven’t provided that documentation.

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