- American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have adopted two very different approaches to the pandemic.
- Since April 2020, Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat, and Americans have never accepted the policy.
- In 2021, I made three flights on two airlines to understand how they deal with social distance in the sky.
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Before the pandemic, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were the two largest airlines in the United States, each generating billions of dollars in revenue each year, and having the largest fleet of any airline in the world. Both companies offer similar products, and the choice between the two depends on customer preferences, price and loyalty.
During the pandemic, due to a key factor: security, the gap between the two widened. Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat for most of 2020, while American Airlines will ship its aircraft to the United States as early as the summer.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I flew back into the sky by plane for the first time in June 2020 and found that Delta Air Lines has a far better vision than American Airlines, mainly because the safety of Delta Air Lines exceeds safety. However, as we enter a new year of recovery in the aviation industry, I want to see how the two have developed for nearly a year since COVID-1
On a recent trip, I took three flights on these two airlines, flying from New York to Miami from the United States, and then from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles via Salt Lake City in the Delta. The results are surprising, especially as the United States continues to see record COVID-19-related deaths and slow introduction of vaccines.
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