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Tail End of Delta’s Mad Dogs; British Airways Might Drop Gatwick

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Delta is ramping up the retirement of two aircraft models. And British Airways may not return to London’s Gatwick airport. Plus, one travel agency is faring ridiculously well during the pandemic.

Final Weeks for Delta’s MD-88s, MD-90s

Delta Air Lines is accelerating the retirements of its remaining MD-88s and MD-90s. (That’s an MD-88 pictured above). The Mad Dogs (their affectionate nickname) originally were scheduled to be phased out later in the year.

They’ll instead receive their gold watches this June.

London, United Kingdom - May 13, 2016: A British Airways Airbus A380 with the registration G-XLEB approaching London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in the United Kingdom. The Airbus A380 is the world's largest passenger airliner. British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom based at London Heathrow airport.
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Things are BAd for British Airways

Some grim news out of British Airways. First, the airline might not reopen its London Gatwick operations — even after the pandemic is over. On top of that, a restructuring and redundancy plan could impact as many as 12,000 employees

Business Booms for a California Travel Agency

Skift reports that California travel agency TravelStore booked just over 74,000 room nights during a 17-day period this month.

How’s that possible in the COVID-19 climate?

Skift’s Matthew Parson explains that TravelStore is “the only authorized travel management service provider for all of the state of California’s government travel — and the bookings are coming from healthcare workers.”

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  1. Unless maintenance costs are sky high, seems to me there would be an advantage to keeping the MD’s and deferring delivery of new planes. MD’s are paid for, gas is currently cheap, and the ability to fly em when business is there and park em when it’s not would seem to be an advantage over newer planes that are leased or not yet paid off.

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