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Delta’s Sky Magazine Closes for Good

Delta’s Sky Magazine Closes for Good
Marcy Knaves

Sky Magazine, Delta’s in-flight magazine since 2009, has shuttered for good.

The layoffs were spotted on Twitter by View From the Wing‘s Gary Leff. As of this article’s publication time, there is no mention of the layoffs on Delta Sky magazine’s website.

Unfortunately for Delta Sky magazine’s employees, they are contract staff. Consequently, the bailout stipulation requiring airlines not to lay off employees until October 1 doesn’t apply here.

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  1. DLERT

    April 1, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Shame printed material is going to the digital mode – – –
    AND sadly employees are out of job unemployed and not due to the virus.

    The SKY Magazine filled a void if you did not have a digital media device
    or one is not provided in the seat back or ceiling panel.
    Only thing left in the seat pocket now is the Safety Information Card and
    if lucky an unused barf bag
    BEWARE what is or has been in those seat back pockets
    Sadly with this C19 virus crisis finding a pristine unaffected copy of the
    magazine maybe problem with who had paged through the copy in your
    hands right now and how close a contact with other contaminated stuff.

    The SKY was a great source of info about Delta routes aircraft and
    current movies entertainment as a well as short reading material to keep
    the passenger entertained on a otherwise boring flight – even the ads
    could be of interest which brings up the issue did the advertisers just
    simply stop buying content in the magazine and thus further the cause
    of the demise ? The amount of weight of the magazine 150 or so copies
    on a flight is insignificant to the carry-on baggage the customer brings on.
    Copies were available in the SKY Club something to look at or take with
    you with other complimentary printed material.

    So one less publication in the seat back – the airline shopping magazine
    has been gone now for several years – that too was fun to browse the
    wish book – no more magazines even in first business class.
    Newspapers bring you own.

    Wonder how many other airlines have discontinued their magazines ?

    Only positive feature is the reducing the need to chop down trees to make
    the printed material !

    Que Sera Sera

  2. Irpworks

    April 1, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Read every airline mag cover to cover and so did my wife. Will not bother with electronic versions.

  3. FlyingUnderTheRadar

    April 2, 2020 at 7:13 am

    I am actually surprised that it was not stopped long ago. The content used to be better but not much anymore. Most people were not reading it so it became dead weight.

  4. cplunk

    April 3, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Each of those magazines weights, maybe 1 pound?
    On the average 737, at least 150 of them on each plane.
    That’s 150 pounds of dead wight being flown around the country for how many hours, every day, per plane.
    That never made a lot of sense to me. But in the long run, probably doesn’t make that much difference.
    Flying Korean Air, I was surprises to see how large a stack of magazines they had. Must have been 3-5 pounds of paper in every seat back between the duty free catalog and multiple magazines in different languages. On a 777, with almost 300 seats, that’s probably close to 1000 pounds routinely being flown back and forth across the Pacific in the air for 12 hours a day, per flight. There’s gotta be some measurable amount of jet fuel wasted on that, I’m sure Boeing would go to create costs to cut that much weight off every plane if they could.

  5. skchin

    April 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Enjoy reading it.


    April 9, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Sky Magazine was always jammed with advertising so I’m surprised it would not have been profitable. And that’s really the ultimate decision about any advertising medium; did it make a profit.

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