Between September and October, Delta will resume service to several major business and leisure markets from hub at New York-JFK Airport, including Madrid and Barcelona, which will operate five times a week from September.
Following this fall service resumption, Delta expects to maintain a similar program in the Atlantic in winter 2021.
From next Summer 2021, Delta will expand its flights between the US and Europe, offering daily nonstop service from Atlanta to Barcelona and Madrid.
“While significant obstacles remain in the global fight against the pandemic, customers can expect a modernized fleet with our latest cabin products and a travel experience that prioritizes their health and that of our employees, from check-in to baggage claim. ”Commented Joe Esposito, senior vice president of Network Planning.
The US airline highlights that its biosecurity measures include:
Disinfection of all aircraft with electrostatic spraying prior to departure and extensive pre-flight disinfection of contact points throughout the interior of the aircraft.
Use of state-of-the-art air circulation systems with HEPA filters that extract more than 99.99% of particles, including viruses.
Block all intermediate seats, limiting the number of customers per flight until January 6, 2021.
Use of mandatory masks throughout the airport, in Delta Sky Clubs and on board the plane.
Delta notes that its partners have also introduced measures to ensure customers have a hassle-free, seamless and secure experience from start to finish, with regular updates posted on their websites.
Delta will operate the adjusted program with a more efficient and improved fleet of refurbished Airbus A350-900, A330-900neo and Boeing 767s, following the retirement of its Boeing 777 aircraft in late October 2020.
Likewise, the company is allowing greater flexibility to make free changes for new flights purchased until September 30, 2020.
“Delta’s program continues to be subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, customer demand, government travel regulations, and federal health guidelines,” they warn.