500 Delta Air Lines employees have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, and 10 of them died due to the virus.
|500 Delta Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19 Photo: Getty|
Out of 90,000 employees, 500 of them tested positive for the virus, according to Delta’s Chief executive officer, Ed Bastian, during it’s recent shareholder’s meeting on Thursday.
Regarding it’s employees, Ed Bastian said:
“The vast majority have recovered, thankfully. Unfortunately, we have lost 10 employees to the disease. And every one of them breaks my heart.”
|Ten Delta employees have died due to the virus.|
He also said that the rate of infection among Delta employees is lower than any national average we’ve seen for overall infectious speed.
According to AJC, Delta has already started to test all of its 90,000 employees for the virus through a partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics starting in Minneapolis this week.
|Delta has started to test all of it’s employees. Photo: Delta Air Lines|
After this, the Atlanta-based carrier will gradually expand testing to other hub cities in Atlanta, Detroit and New York.
According to Bastian, nearly 10,000 Delta’s administrative staff are currently working from home. However, majority of other’s are on site for work.
|Around 10,000 Delta employees are working from home. Photo: Airbus|
Delta has already retired all of its MD-88 and MD-90s fleet, after they operated their final scheduled flights before heading to Blytheville, Ark, for their well-deserved retirement earlier this month.
Delta was the last U.S. passenger airline to operate these aircraft, which will be badly missed and also will never be forgotten. Both have been workhorses for the airline for several decades.
Delta has also planned to retire all of its 18 Boeing 777s by the end of 2020 along with other older high-maintenance and less efficient jets. Delta will have a younger, more cost-effective, fuel-efficient and more flexible long-haul fleet after the retirement of its Boeing 777s.
According to the airline, this retirement of 18 Boeing 777 jets, along with the MD-90 planes, by the end of this year would result in second-quarter non-cash impairment charges of $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion, before tax.
More retirements plans are likely by the end of the year, according to Bastian.
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During the interview on Thursday, Bastian said that Delta is adding flights in July and August as traffic grows. Delta is planning to reduce the company’s cash burn to 0 by the end of this year.
|Delta is gradually adding fights. Photo: Delta Air Lines|
Currently, Delta is reported to be burning $50 million in cash per day and Bastian plans to reduce the company’s cash burn to $30 million this month.
|Delta is burning $50 million in cash per day. Photo: Delta|
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