Latest Ed Bastian News

Delta will require new hires to be vaccinated against virus

May. 14, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines will require new employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting Monday. The airline won’t impose the same requirement on current employees, more than 60% of whom are vaccinated, a Delta spokesman said Friday. Delta has about 74,000 employees. ...

A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar

Apr. 15, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, more than expected, but executives said Thursday that the airline could be profitable by late summer if the budding recovery in air travel continues. CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that ticket sales have been stronger...

Big-business pushback against voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation." The letter, published Wednesday in The New York Times and The...

Pressure mounts on corporations to denounce GOP voting bills

Apr. 03, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Liberal activists are stepping up calls for corporate America to denounce Republican efforts to tighten state voting laws, and businesses accustomed to cozy political relationships now find themselves in the middle of a growing partisan fight over voting rights. ...

MLB All-Star Game yanked from Georgia over voting law

Apr. 02, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta lost Major League Baseball’s summer All-Star Game on Friday over the league’s objections to sweeping changes to Georgia voting laws that critics — including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola — have condemned as being too restrictive. ...

Moderation, sometimes, for Georgia GOP despite voting law

Apr. 02, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a supernova of criticism over Georgia's new voting law, Republicans are still trying to appeal to swing voters in a state where Democrats have now proved they can win. As the last minutes of the 2021 General Assembly ticked away Wednesday, a bill...

Corporate criticism of GOP-led voting bills spreads to Texas

Apr. 01, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The ranks of big corporations now criticizing GOP efforts to restrict voting access spread Thursday to Texas as measures that would reduce options to cast ballots and limit polling hours advanced in the state Capitol. American Airlines, which is...

Struggle over taxes yields more breaks, but not major review

Apr. 01, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — After days debating whether to dial back tax breaks, Georgia lawmakers agreed Wednesday to a bill that's heavy on new or extended tax breaks but doesn't contain a comprehensive review of the state's tax structure that a key senator had sought. The...

Under pressure, some Ga. corporate leaders slam voting bill

Apr. 01, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some of Georgia's most prominent corporate leaders on Wednesday began to more forcefully criticize the state's sweeping new election law, acknowledging concerns of civil rights activists and Black business executives who say the measure targets non-white voters and threatens...

Delta joins other US airlines in ending empty middle seats

Mar. 31, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

Delta Air Lines, the last U.S. airline still blocking middle seats, will end that policy in May as air travel recovers and more people become vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision announced Wednesday reversed a policy that had been in place since last April, and which...