500 Delta Employees Have Tested Positive For COVID-19, 10 Died

500 Delta Air Lines employees have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, and 10 of them died due to the virus.

500 Delta Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19 Photo: Getty

Out of 90,000 employees, 500 of them tested positive for the virus, according to Delta's Chief executive officer, Ed Bastian, during it's recent shareholder's meeting on Thursday.

Regarding it's employees, Ed Bastian said:

"The vast majority have recovered, thankfully. Unfortunately, we have lost 10 employees to the disease. And every one of them breaks my heart."

Ten Delta employees have died due to the virus.

He also said that the rate of infection among Delta employees is lower than any national average we've seen for overall infectious speed.

According to AJC, Delta has already started to test all of its 90,000 employees for the virus through a partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics starting in Minneapolis this week.

Delta has started to test all of it's employees. Photo: Delta Air Lines

After this, the Atlanta-based carrier will gradually expand testing to other hub cities in Atlanta, Detroit and New York. Bastian said:

"From getting a good baseline we'll be able to provide better protection for our people and certainly our customers as we go forth."

According to Bastian, nearly 10,000 Delta's administrative staff are currently working from home. However, majority of other's are on site for work.

Around 10,000 Delta employees are working from home. Photo: Airbus

Regarding demand for air travel and restrictions imposed Bastian said:

"As demand starts to grow and as people have more confidence in the travel experience, we will decide later this year when we start to ease up on the restrictions."

Delta has already retired all of its MD-88 and MD-90s fleet, after they operated their final scheduled flights before heading to Blytheville, Ark, for their well-deserved retirement earlier this month.

Delta's MD-88 and MD-90 Completed Farewell Flight
Delta is the last U.S. MD operator Photo: Delta Air Lines

Delta was the last U.S. passenger airline to operate these aircraft, which will be badly missed and also will never be forgotten. Both have been workhorses for the airline for several decades.

Delta has also planned to retire all of its 18 Boeing 777s by the end of 2020 along with other older high-maintenance and less efficient jets. Delta will have a younger, more cost-effective, fuel-efficient and more flexible long-haul fleet after the retirement of its Boeing 777s.

Delta Set To Retire Its Entire Boeing 777 Fleet This Year
Delta to retire all Boeing 777s this year Photo: Delta Air Lines

According to the airline, this retirement of 18 Boeing 777 jets, along with the MD-90 planes, by the end of this year would result in second-quarter non-cash impairment charges of $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion, before tax.

More retirements plans are likely by the end of the year, according to Bastian. He also said, "it could take up to two to three years to return to a new level of normal, which could still be lower than 2019." 

Photo: Getty Images

"We are realistic that the timing and shape of revenue recovery are uncertain," he added.

During the interview on Thursday, Bastian said that Delta is adding flights in July and August as traffic grows. Delta is planning to reduce the company's cash burn to 0 by the end of this year.

Delta is gradually adding fights. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Regarding flights cancellations and refunds, Bastian said:

"We are experiencing, as all airlines are, an unprecedented surge in calls as people are canceling flights, changing plans, looking to see the status of their refunds, and understanding what the new standards of cleanliness and care that we're taking on board the planes."

Delta is burning $50 million in cash per day. Photo: Delta

Currently, Delta is reported to be burning $50 million in cash per day and Bastian plans to reduce the company's cash burn to $30 million this month.

What are your thoughts on Bastian's statement and decisions? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below:


  1. I highly doubt that a recovery would be put in motion while you purchase nothing more than a bus ticket. Mandatory masks at 35,000 feet is a serious concern. Zero interaction with flight crew. No snacks, no food , no drinks, no nothing but water. Having to beg for an 8 oz bottle of water? Might as well take first class section out and cram in new seats, if demand ever returns. Hundreds of companies have figured it out the highly profitable business travel Will no longer be needed. This virus has made this clear to many. So now that we know how many employees tested positive what are the statistics on passengers? I think that’s major league important at this point.