Delta Airlines has announced plans to run its 60 percent capacity flights and block all middle seats in an effort to stop the corona virus from spreading, although budget airline Frontier is charging an additional $ 39 for the luxury of social haul.
Delta announced their temporary changes on Tuesday, with the airline taking social distance measures beyond restricting the middle seats by limiting the premium sales limits to 50 percent of capacity and economy class to 60 percent.
The Atlanta-based airline will block seats with a limited window and aisle for aircraft with 1-by-2, 2-by-2 and 2-by-3 seat configurations in the coming weeks. Since mid-April, the airline has blocked the sale of the middle seat on all flights except first class.
Delta has also unveiled a number of other measures to expand the haul measures for its entire fleet of main and regional aircraft, including a new policy requiring all customers to wear face masks and boarding flights from the back.
Delta announced their temporary changes on Tuesday, with the airline taking social distance measures beyond limiting the middle seats by limiting the premium sales limits to 50 percent of capacity and economy class to 60 percent
Delta also unveiled a number of other measures to extend the haul measures on its entire fleet of main and regional aircraft, including a new policy requiring all customers to wear face masks and boarding flights from back to front
In accordance with the new measures, all Delta customers and employees will be required to wear a mask or face mask in the check-in lobby, Delta Sky Club, gate areas, jet bridges, and onboard from May 4.
Anyone without a mask will get one from Delta employees, the airline said.
Delta has also recently started boarding flights from the rear of the aircraft to the front to limit the number of passengers passing each other in the aisles.
That measure was first implemented on April 10, but after Tuesday’s announcement, it will remain in effect through June 30.
A number of other U.S. airlines are renewing their seating arrangements, boarding protocol, and aircraft hygiene in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 and reassure customers that it is safe to fly amid the pandemic. Passenger traffic has fallen by 95 percent since this time last year, leaving many aircraft with empty seats.
Hoping to lure customers back into their ultra-low cost service, Frontier, who has added a new product to its extensive menu of in-flight extras, is a “More Room” seating option.
The new policy will allow customers to purchase a “peace of mind” and enjoy their social distance flight without occupying the center seat next to them.
Famous for their cheap flights and additional costs – ranging from hand luggage to soft drinks – the “More Room” option is planned to cost potential fliers about $ 39 and more depending on the flight.
“While we believe the best measure to keep everyone healthy is to have face covers, for those who want an empty seat next to them for extra peace of mind or just extra comfort, we now offer” More space, “said Frontier CEO Barry Biffle .
Hoping to lure customers back to their ultra-low cost service, Frontier, who has added a new product to its extensive menu of in-flight extras, is a “More Room” option
The new policy allows customers to purchase peace of mind and enjoy their social distance flight without occupying the center seat next to them
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Blocking of middle seats on all of its large planes and the policy is valid through May 31.
Blocks 50 percent of the center cabin center seats and seats located near the flight attendants’ jump seats. The policy is valid through May 31.
The crew manually allocates seats to “increase personal space on board” and to prevent the booking of middle and adjacent seats.
The center seats are not entirely excluded, but flight crews limit the number of seats offered for sale on most aircraft “to provide extra space for people not traveling together.”
Middle seats on most Spirit Airlines planes are blocked, according to the company’s website. No end date is specified.
Rather than blocking the center seats, the number of passengers on board is limited. Passengers are responsible for choosing their own seats and managing their own space needs. The policy started on May 2.
Passengers are restricted from booking center seats ‘where available’. On aircraft with rows of two seats, only one passenger can reserve a seat, while the other remains empty. Additional distance procedures include blocking seats directly next to the booked seat, whether directly in front of a window seat or next to a seat in the aisle. The policy runs through May 31.
Flights departing May 8 through August 31 can purchase an additional 18 Room seats, including “Stretch” seats in the front three rows of the aircraft, which provide additional legroom and recline.
When asked by CNBC why the airline chose not to block all middle rows, Frontier CEO Barry Biffle explained that the practice would lead to an increase in airfare.
As a low-cost airline, Frontline planes are configured in a high-density layout, with seats positioned closer together to take full advantage of cabin space. For example, a Frontier Airlines Airbus A321 narrow-body airplane has only four seats less than an American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner wide-body jet, SeatGuru reported.
Frontier has taken a number of other measures to ensure the safety of crew and passengers, and on April 13 expands the policy that all crew members must wear face masks and that the order will also apply to passengers.
From May 8, all passengers must also complete a form recognizing that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Their temperatures will be monitored and plumbing efforts will be made throughout the flight.
“We hit rock bottom a few weeks ago,” Biffle told CNBC. “To put it in perspective, we transported about 80,000 passengers a day for that and we reached about 3,000 passengers a day just a few weeks ago. But I am very satisfied, yesterday and today again we are going to carry more than 10,000 passengers. ‘
Biffle also opposed claims that the airline “values safety” and says that Frontier’s cleaning practices and other policies are already sufficient. He said the More room option is just a perk for their most concerned customers.
“We don’t believe this is what you need to be safe, but it’s one more thing we can do to reassure people,” said the CEO.
Comapny CEO Barry Biffle rebutted the claim that the airline “values safety” and said that Frontier’s cleaning practices and other policies are already sufficient. He said the More room option is just a perk for their most concerned customers
U.S. airlines collectively burn more than $ 10 billion in cash per month and, on average, less than two dozen passengers per domestic flight due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even after grounding more than 3,000 aircraft or nearly 50 percent of the active U.S. fleet, Industry Trade Group Airlines for America said that member airlines, including the four largest U.S. airlines, average only 17 passengers per domestic flight and 29 passengers on an international flight. flight.
“The US airline industry will emerge from this crisis as a shadow of what it was just three months ago,” said group CEO Nicholas Calio during a preliminary testimony in the US Senate on Wednesday.
The number of net passengers booked has fallen by nearly 100 percent year on year, according to the testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce. T
The group warned that if airlines were to refund all tickets, including tickets purchased as non-refundable or canceled by a passenger rather than the airline, “this will result in negative cash balances leading to bankruptcy.”
U.S. airlines have canceled hundreds of thousands of flights, including 80 percent or more of scheduled flights to June, as U.S. passenger traffic has fallen by 95 percent since March.
Calio said airlines are anticipating a long and difficult road ahead. … History has shown that demand for air transport has never seen a V-shaped recovery from a downturn. ‘
The U.S. Treasury has allocated airlines nearly $ 25 billion in cash to help them cover labor costs in return for agreeing not to fire workers until September 30. Major airlines have warned that they will likely have to cut back later this year to respond to a long-term drop in travel demand.