Due to the coronavirus outbreak airlines were not flying to China. After suspending operation for five months Delta Air Lines is resuming its flights to China.
“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover,” Wong Hong, Delta’s President of Greater China and Singapore, said in a press release.
“With a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”
Airlines Resuming Operations
Delta will resume its flights between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon on June 25. However, the airline will operate its flight twice a week onboard an Airbus A350 aircraft. In July, Delta will resume its flights from Seattle and Detroit via Incheon once in a week. However, the airline has opened the bookings for these flights.
Moreover, the airline is implementing new health standards while resuming its flights. The airline makes sure that its aircraft go through electrostatic spraying before flying. However, the airline has 60 percent blocked its cabin capacity in the main cabin to follow social distancing.
The airline has resumed its operations from the US to China for the benefit of its customers.
However, United Airlines has not yet announced its date of resuming its flights to China. But the airline is hoping to resume its operations soon.
US Airlines Not Allowed to Fly to China
In February, the U.S. State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory. In which all aviation operations from the US to China were at a halt. However, Delta, United, and American Airlines had to temporarily suspend their flights to China.
Though the airlines tried to resume their flights they were not able to operate effectively as there was a loophole in China’s post-COVID reopening procedure. This made the US Department of Transportation ban flights from Chinese airlines. However, china altered its procedures in order to allow US airlines to resume flying to China.
Delta Suffering Due To COVID-19
Since the start of the year, Delta had to reduce its number routes by 50 percent. Delta Airlines had a total of 687 routes in January but its number of routes came down to 341 in May.
The airline took the decision to reduce its number of flights as the world was hit by the pandemic causing the travel industry at a halt.
CEO Ed Bastian said in March that due to low demand the airline plans to reduce its international flights by 20 percent to 25 percent. However, its domestic flights were down by 10 percent to 14 percent.
The airline took some major steps to cut down costs, as it was not able to meet its monthly expenses. Delta’s second-quarter profits decreased by 90 percent as compared to last year. But the cost-cutting measure taken by the company will help with its daily cash burn to $40 million by the end of June. In March the daily cash burn was nearly $100 million.