A note left on a plane that hasn’t flown since last spring is a poignant look at the beginning of the pandemic, when COVID-19 first rocked travel opportunities that we once took for granted.
Last March, Captain Chris Dennis parked the Delta 3009 at Victorville Airport in the California desert. He had the idea that the plane would not take off for 435 days. Like many of us, he envisioned this to be just a two-week lockdown before the world reopened.
Dennis wrote: “Hello pilots, it is March 23rd and we just arrived from MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul). It’s chilling to see so much of our fleet here in the desert. If you’re here to pick it up, the light must be at the end of the tunnel. Amazing how quickly it changed. Have a safe flight by removing it from storage! “
The pilot assigned to ‘wake up’ the aircraft more than a year later found the note hidden in a tray on the flight deck.
“Those 57 words, which captured much of the uncertainty and excitement we all felt in March 2020, underscored the seriousness of the journey and how optimistic he now feels about the direction we are headed,” Delta posted. on your Facebook post sharing the note. “Ship 3009 is now ready to take to the skies once more.”
“While the world has certainly changed over the past year, one thing is for sure: we will not take that open track for granted anytime soon.”
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