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SOCIAL Distancing at 40,000 Feet

During these times of isolation and physical distancing, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how this might work at 40,000 feet.

Even though most of the world’s commercial passenger aircraft are parked and patiently awaiting the restart of the global economy, many airlines still have a few aircraft servicing essential routes. So, if you find yourself on one, how will you ensure a safe, social distance from the other passengers?

In what might just be the best silver lining in all of this, airlines are leaving their dreaded middle-seats empty.

“Flying is going to feel different for a while yet. Fewer flights, fewer people, fewer everything. But, on the up-side, more space for everyone.” 

The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

Or as Virgin Australia describes it, “Virgin Australia has implemented new social distancing measures on all scheduled domestic flights until further notice. Guests will have the seat next to them blocked as part of the new social distancing policy.”

Similarly at Qantas, whilst acknowledging that the risk of contracting Coronavirus on board an aircraft is regarded as low, “social distancing has been put in place across all flights.”

Our friends at US carrier Delta Air Lines also recently supplied this update around its new COVID-19 practices and policies for all flights through the end of June:

  • Reducing the total number of passengers per flight.
  • Blocking middle seats in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta Premium Select.
  • Modifying boarding process so customers will now be boarded by row, starting from the rear of the aircraft.

For information about how your favourite airlines are dealing with social distancing and other parts of their services, simply leave us a note in the form below, or CALL US for a chat.

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Delta launches upgraded business class suite to the U.S.

The airline’s upgraded Boeing 777 aircraft offers four different seating/class options including the first suite with a door in business class flying between Australia and the United States.

“Ten years since the launch of our service to Los Angeles, we’re upgrading the customer experience in a big way with our Boeing 777 aircraft and the Australia-U.S. debut of the award-winning Delta One suite,” said Scott Santoro, Delta’s Vice President – Los Angeles and West Sales, whose responsibilities include Delta’s business in Australia.

Delta One Suite

The aircraft features:

  • All four of Delta’s branded seat products including the Delta One suite, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin – giving customers the ability to choose the product that best suits their needs and aligning with partner Virgin Australia’s offerings.
    • Delta Premium Select, the airline’s new premium economy cabin offering greater recline, a foot and leg rest and elevated on-board service.

  • Nine-abreast seating in Economy, rather than the industry-standard ten-abreast seating, with 47 cm wide Main Cabin seats, the widest Main Cabin seats of Delta’s international fleet

  • Seat-back entertainment screens at every seat with access to Delta Studio, the airline’s award-winning suite of on-board entertainment.

“We’re really excited about Delta’s enhanced business class product and in-flight experience on routes from Australia”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“It means that the Delta and Virgin Australia joint venture offers a more consistent customer experience across the Pacific, with fully flat-bed seats with direct aisle access available on all flights as well as a premium economy option”, added Hosper.

The Delta One suite features a full-height sliding door at every suite, with sliding privacy dividers between centre suites, 180-degree flat-bed seats, customisable ambient lighting, and a high-resolution in-flight entertainment screen.

Passengers in Delta Premium Select will benefit from dedicated service, additional space with retractable foot and leg rests, seat-back in-flight entertainment, plated meals and distinguished amenities like  noise-cancelling headphones and amenity kit.

Delta and Virgin Australia offer 25 weekly flights between Australia and the US and the ability to connect from more than 45 destinations across Australia and New Zealand to more than 250 destinations in the Americas.

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