Delta Air Lines executives ‘privately grumble’ about India’s COVID-19 strain of the same name

Delta Air Lines executives are unhappy with the current form of the coronavirus, which is spreading rapidly across the United States and has the same name as their company.

The Coronavirus Delta variant was previously known as the Indian variant, based on the origin of the mutation.

The names were officially changed by the World Health Organization in May, using the Greek alphabet to avoid stigma and simplify discussion, but that hasn’t stopped people from making a connection between already established brands that also share the name. .

And it seems Delta is doing their best to avoid any link with their brand.

“We just call it the variant,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in an interview with the… Wall Street Journal.

Other executives have “murmured privately” about the name, sources told the Journal.

Executives at Delta Air Lines are not happy that the latest coronavirus variant has the same name as the company

“We’ll just call it the variant,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian, pictured, said in an interview

Bastian says there has been no significant disruption to bookings as a result of the connection so far. “We didn’t see a drop-off at all,” Bastian confirmed.

“We prefer to call it the B.1.617.2 variant because it’s so much easier to say and remember…,” said Dr. Henry Ting, Delta Air Lines Chief Health Officer in a tweet.

Based in Atlanta, the airline is named after the Mississippi Delta region where the airline started out as a crop duster.

Delta, which would fly 750 planes to more than 300 destinations around the world in pre-pandemic times, has been the butt of some of their competitors’ jokes.

“We prefer to call it the B.1.617.2 variant because it’s so much easier to say and remember…,” said Dr. Henry Ting, Delta Air Lines Chief Health Officer in a tweet.

The airline says that despite the crossing, there has been no decrease in bookings.  Delta Air Lines on Wednesday reported its first quarterly profit since the pandemic devastated the airline industry more than a year ago

The airline says that despite the crossing, there has been no decrease in bookings. Delta Air Lines on Wednesday reported its first quarterly profit since the pandemic devastated the airline industry more than a year ago

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby was jokingly asked during a virtual Q&A at the Economic Club of Washington, DC how he had ensured that the latest variant was named after the airline.

“I liked giving Ed Bastian a hard time when I saw him a few weeks ago,” Kirby said.

Bastian is not too concerned about the Delta variant affecting the company, as the WHO has already identified other named strains of the disease.

“Other variants are coming up.” he said. The WHO has identified Eta, Iota, Kappa and Lambda as ‘interesting variants’.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a difficult year of travel, with flight demand declining. Major airlines lost $35 billion last year, according to the Journal.

The names were officially changed by the World Health Organization in May, using the Greek alphabet to avoid stigma and simplify discussion, but that hasn't stopped people from making a connection between already established brands that also share the name. (file photo)

The names were officially changed by the World Health Organization in May, using the Greek alphabet to avoid stigma and simplify discussion, but that hasn’t stopped people from making a connection between already established brands that also share the name. (file photo)

Delta Air Lines says that as many customers are being vaccinated, there are few signs that the current variant is affecting travel bookings.

Wednesday reported its first quarterly profit since the start of the pandemic, boosted by about $1.5 billion in government aid and a summer vacation travel recovery.

Delta said Wednesday it made $652 million in the second quarter. However, Delta’s report shows that airlines are still dealing with turbulence as they try to recover from their worst year on record.

Without $1.5 billion in federal aid for pandemic and other one-time events, the Atlanta airline would have posted an adjusted loss of $678 million.

While domestic airport crowds are approaching 2019 levels, Delta’s revenue is still only half of its pre-pandemic levels.

Delta was the most profitable U.S. carrier entering the pandemic and is likely to emerge from a virus outbreak at the front of the pack.

The Delta variant, meanwhile, is the dominant strain of the virus in the US and appears to be slightly better at evading vaccines compared to other variants that have preceded it.

The airline isn’t the only Delta to have had a problem with its name.

Delta Goodrem, 36, (pictured) joked that she is considering changing her name as the Delta variant of Covid-19 locks up millions of Australians

Delta Goodrem, 36, (pictured) joked that she is considering changing her name as the Delta variant of Covid-19 locks up millions of Australians

Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem revealed that she is considering changing her name.

The 36-year-old, who is currently isolating in Sydney with boyfriend Matthew Copley, shared the idea with fans on Twitter last week as she promoted an upcoming series of online appearances.

“Hello everyone, it’s me, the artist formerly known as Delta” [wonky face emoji],’ lamented the Born To Try singer.

Looking for a new name and Tour songs to sing for THURSDAY EVENING BUNKERDOWN SESSION!! Let me know your dream songs and ideas for the xxx set list,” she added.

Delta, who is currently isolating in Sydney with her boyfriend, shared the idea with fans on Twitter last week as she promoted an upcoming series of online gigs.

Delta, who is currently isolating in Sydney with her boyfriend, shared the idea with fans on Twitter last week as she promoted an upcoming series of online gigs.

At the start of the pandemic last year, Corona beer initially suffered a drop in sales after it shared a similar name with the pathogen of the same name.

“There is no doubt that Corona beer is suffering from the coronavirus,” said Ronn Torossian, the founder of 5WPR, the PR agency that conducted the study in March 2020.

“Can you imagine walking into a bar and saying, ‘Hey, can I have a Corona?” or “Give me a Corona,” he said.

Corona Beer’s parent company, Constellation Brands, says sales of its popular beer have eventually ceased and it has no plans to change its marketing strategy despite the virus.

Corona Beer's parent company, Constellation Brands, says sales of its popular beer have eventually ceased and it has no plans to change its marketing strategy despite the virus.

Corona Beer’s parent company, Constellation Brands, says sales of its popular beer have eventually ceased and it has no plans to change its marketing strategy despite the virus.

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