Delta Gives Employees Two Free Flights to Anywhere in the World
Delta Air Lines employees have received an early Christmas gift this year. In an internal memo sent on Monday, CEO Ed Bastian rewarded Delta employees with two travel passes that can be used to fly on any Delta Air Lines flight, international or domestic. The memo was obtained by Fox News and several other news outlets.
Employees both currently working and those on a leave of absence will receive the passes. These passes have no expiration date. These passes are nearly equivalent to a confirmed booking, allowing employees a guaranteed seat if one is available. Delta employees already receive free flight benefits, but these are usually “standby” only, which means that employees will only get to fly if there are open seats available after all paying customers have boarded.
“Delta people have risen to the challenge and led the way to a brighter future,” Bastian said in the memo. “During a time of deep divisions, seeing the Delta family come together in unity over the past nine months toward a common purpose has been awe-inspiring.”
Delta has been suffering during the pandemic, as most other airlines around the world. The company posted a loss of $5.38 billion in the third quarter with passenger volume down more than 70% compared to 2019. But, Delta was able to prevent furloughing its flight attendants and frontline workers.