Delta Airlines stepping up to do its part to help out during the Coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has obviously slowed things down for everyone, including Delta. So they decided to use their Delta tech ops employees at Delta Flight Products, to produce and distribute facial shields, not only here in Georgia, but a couple of thousand in hard-hit New York City, as well. This employee tells WSB he is so impressed with Delta and thrilled to be helping out.
"It feels amazing. I've never been apart of a company like this. The only time that I've been a part of something big was in the military. I love the feeling of making a difference and being part of something bigger," he said.
Delta Spokesman Morgan Durrant says the project all came together rather quickly.
"Delta Flight products is one of our in-house companies that has really had a role in designing things like our in-flight entertainment. They have all of this amazing manufacturing capability. We have a partnership with Georgia Tech on some of the innovation projects that we do," said Durrant.
When Georgia Tech and GCMI asked if the company could help make much-needed facial shields, they immediately jumped on board.
"What we've been able to do is produce several thousand plastic facial shields. GCMI is going to ship about 2,000 of those up to New York City, and then an additional 4,000 are going to be allocated for hospitals here in Atlanta," said Durrant.
The face shields are essential in extending the life of the N95 masks, which are dwindling very quickly.
"Face shields: quick to produce and we hope that we get these into the hands of those fighting on the front lines of the virus and can extend the life of their other personal protective equipment," said Durrant.
Durrant says it's a win-win for everyone involved.
"This is who we are at Delta. There's tough times for everybody right now. You know, we're managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our business; but we're still looking at ways to give back and support the communities that have a need for this right now," said Durrant.