A Delta Air Lines
pilot left a note on board an aircraft that he had stored at the start of the coronavirus pandemic
, and the message was discovered earlier this month as the plane was being prepared for flight once more.
In March 2020, First Officer Chris Dennis tucked a letter into the cockpit tray table of the Airbus A321 he was parked at Southern California
Logistics Airport, which was used to temporarily house
hundreds of aircraft that had been grounded due to the global health
“Hey pilots, it’s March 23rd and we just arrived from [Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport]. Very chilling to see so much of our fleet here in the desert,” Dennis wrote, adding, “If you are here to pick it up then the light must be at the end of the tunnel. Amazing how fast it changed. Have a safe flight bringing it out of storage.”
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The letter was discovered 435 days later, just before the aircraft was reintroduced into service by First Officer Nick Perez.
In a statement released by Delta, Perez said of Dennis, “He had to have thought he was leaving his job.” “Back in March, I was 100% certain I was going to lose my job.”
“I kept thinking about my mindset now compared to his when he left this note,” Perez continued. “We were getting good at landing empty airplanes, now we're on the right track. I'm in good spirits. I'm very optimistic.”