Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4497 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4707 times:
I recall hearing that Delta was prepared to make a big announcement on July 28 regarding their future and what the "new" Delta is going to look like. Does anybody know what is going to happen or come of this? Grinstein might have some tricks up his sleeve but it might not all be good news.
Some sample ideas:
- Possible closing of DFW as a hub or focus city
- Future of Song
- Re-branding of Delta domestic and international services
- Expansion of regional markets and deletion or reduction of some mainline service
- Agreement with pilots union regarding concessions and future wage packages
I will gladly admit that I have been on here for months predicting the end of Song. As a unit, it has not been making money - I am not backing down from this "inside" information based on performance and estimated load factors. But the reality of Song is that is does a lot of things better than regular coach Delta, so there is something to be said for that. Will tomorrow mark the end of Song or will Song be expanded to cover more of Delta's domestic mainline service, effectively remaking DL into a LCC-style airline within the USA? Or will status-quo prevail?
For once, I can honestly say I do not know. I would not be surprised to see Song go but at this point I would not be shocked to see the Song brand become the "new" Delta either, at least domestically.
Finally, I don't even know if this announcement is going to be internally or externally distributed. I am hoping some DAL crewmembers on here will post any info immediately after it is disseminated but that remains to be seen.
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4660 times:
I'll bet it is either going to be an announcement that the pilots have agreed to adequate concessions and other cuts by management that will have prevented bankruptcy, or that bankruptcy is the solution to DL's problems. Either way, I don't see Song being profitable enough with the current structure they have for payroll and costs.
Ord From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4649 times:
There will not be any announcement on July 28 regarding the "new" Delta. The internal review at Delta is not wrapping up until August, and Grinstein stated the other day that many of the findings will not be made public anytime soon.