|To: Art Bechhoefer who wrote (1594)||6/2/2021 3:56:30 AM|
|From: Art Bechhoefer|
|Here's more detail on my flight from Rochester, NY to Amsterdam, via JFK. The portion from JFK to AMS was on Delta aircraft, jointly used by KLM and Virgin Atlantic, owing to the lower number of passengers traveling. In fact, the total number of passengers on the Boing 777-300, which has a capacity of 293, was about 30.|
The so-called dinner offered to economy class passengers was the worst meal I ever had on any flight – overcooked chicken breast smothered in gravy with mashed potatoes. Delta failed to load three checked bags and didn't manage to deliver them for another two days. Delta promised to provide some funds to buy more clothes in the interim but was not forthcoming.
My only conclusion is that Delta, and probably many, if not most other airlines were cutting staff and services in an effort to reduce losses on flights that were nowhere near filled to capacity. Note that three different airlines combined in one aircraft to avoid vacant seats, but still only 30 out of nearly 300 seats were occupied!
Even as air travel demand is increasing, it will take quite a long time before the major airlines are able to record the kind of profit they were making before the pandemic. And it will take even longer to restore traveler loyalty.
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|To: Art Bechhoefer who wrote (1595)||6/2/2021 8:25:38 AM|
|II fly fairly often but always domestically (my last international flight was in 1999). I don't get meals. Typically the flights are pretty full. Haven't had my baggage not loaded, or lost or sent to the wrong place except for once years ago (and they took it out to my hotel the next day).|
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|To: Moonray who wrote (1600)||6/18/2021 9:01:30 AM|
|Hi M, Re: CDC risk assessment change......................|
That should help airlines even if it doesn't change the Mask Mandate. However, Intl. Travel will probably remain subdued until countries (including the US) remove the 24 to 48 Hour C-19 Virus test to re-enter.
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|To: OldAIMGuy who wrote (1601)||6/18/2021 12:55:50 PM|
|From: Art Bechhoefer|
|On a flight earlier this month from Amsterdam to JFK in New York on Delta, my wife and I were required by the airline to have a negative Covid-19 test before boarding the plane. We obtained the test at a site just outside the airport, at a cost of 69 euros per person. We complained to the ticket agent that, as of June 1, New York State was allowing anyone to enter, either on domestic or international flights, with a vaccination card showing two vaccinations, with the last one at least two weeks prior to flying. We complied in all respects, but we still were required by the airline to have a negative Covid-19 test.|
The regulation, at least for U.S. citizens returning to New York State, remains as it was when we flew – only a vaccination card is required. The requirement for a negative Covid test only applies to those who have not been vaccinated, or those who come from certain countries like India, where infections from the virus are soaring. The airlines, or at least Delta, have imposed their own additional requirement of a negative test before boarding, even though they know that customs and immigration officials are looking only for a vaccination card (as in our case, when the officials said they were only interested in the vaccination card and ignored the test results altogether).
I filed a complaint with Delta but so far received no acknowledgement. If other passengers are being treated similarly, I can understand why it may take some time to reach even pre-pandemic levels of demand for airline travel.
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