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NYT: Delta Likely To File For Bankruptcy  
User currently offlineRegis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

I thought Delta was one of the better financially shaped airlines among the majors, with billions in cash reserves. What happened?

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/13/business/13air.html?hp

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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3945 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

Better copy and paste it as I imagine most of us aren't members and have no desire to create a username and password just to read this article.

RK


User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

Where does it talk about DL in this article? It's only a recap of what's going on with bankruptcy at US.

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6608 times:

My bad, sorry. Here's the little blurb on DL in the article:

"Delta Air Lines, which is pressing its pilots to grant $1 billion in wage and benefit cuts, has warned that it could also seek bankruptcy protection by the end of the month.

[Edited 2004-09-13 13:03:05]

User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4792 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6466 times:
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This title is misleading...there's a big difference between "could" vs. "likely" here...anyway, there has been no update of DL's plans for Chap.11 since the release of the transformation plan last week...

User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

Regis,

Did you read something that wasn't in the article?


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

Isn't this the same publication that said UA was supposed to die 6 months ago and US shouldn't exist anymore as well? I've lost any faith I had in the NYT...

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5576 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6258 times:

Better copy and paste it as I imagine most of us aren't members and have no desire to create a username and password just to read this article.

Copying and pasting an entire article might be a copyright violation. Usually, if I'm going to mention something in a subscribers-only newspaper article, I give a summary for those who don't want to register and add the link for those who may want to know more.



"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6228 times:

Copying and pasting an entire article might be a copyright violation.

That is correct, please do not copy and paste the complete article or we mods have to delete this thread.

Patrick


User currently offlineRegis From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6171 times:

This title is misleading...there's a big difference between "could" vs. "likely" here

You are right Panamair, I should have used "could" instead of "likely".

Regis, Did you read something that wasn't in the article?

No, all I read was in the NYT article.

Better copy and paste it as I imagine most of us aren't members and have no desire to create a username and password just to read this article.

Agree, but A.net's copyright policy prevents me from doing that.


User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 5925 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

"Analysts: Delta plan likely won't be enough to stave off bankruptcy
Many analysts say they think a Chapter 11 filing remains likely for Delta Air Lines despite the turnaround plan the carrier announced Wednesday. Experts cite the possibility that large numbers of Delta pilots will opt for early retirement this month as a potential reason for the carrier to file for Chapter 11, perhaps as soon as Oct. 1.

...one analyst to raise the chances of a Delta bankruptcy from 50 percent to 70 percent..."


There have been several publications that have echoed the same theme on a Delta Chap. 11. Unfortunately, most are by subcription - free (Atlanta: Journal and Constitution) and paid (Wall Street Journal)... however, here´s one that doesn´t need you to sign up:

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/09/10/biz_delta10.html



Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - A. Einstein
User currently offlineDayflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5016 times:

The feeling in SW Ohio is that DL is on the brink of bankruptcy, regardless of the marketing and media hype. It is no secret that DL has had trouble since 9-11 and the loss of US could only bring help to all the other legacy carriers. DL, United, American and CO will all look like Airtran pretty soon. They will have to do this just to stay around and only offer 1st or business at the rate that Airtran does.

The days of $120/hr PIC jobs is going the way of the Dino. FA's at $40/hr will also be a thing of the past.



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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3690 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4944 times:
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As Dennis Miller recently said to George Bush Sr. regarding the NY Times, " I don't read the Times anymore, I prefer to get my accurate information from the weekly edition of the Auto Trader."


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User currently offlineIfly2eat From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

"The days of $120/hr PIC jobs is going the way of the Dino."

Tell me, exactly how much is an airline Captain worth these days to you, since you know so much? Minimum wage perhaps? I applaud the USAirways pilots as of late. Eventually, it comes to a point where the job is not worth doing and the wage these airline executives want to pay. Don't pretend to know what it takes to do MY job or what I am worth.



Fly the friendly skys and stay out of mine.
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16345 posts, RR: 86
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

Eventually, it comes to a point where the job is not worth doing and the wage these airline executives want to pay.

Then they should quit. Better than being fired for sure when the company goes under.

The bottom line is the market won't bear their rates. If they were normal human beings and worked anywhere else, they'd long since have been canned.

N


User currently offlineIfly2eat From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

Interesting...But USAirways' pilots are compensated less than SWA or AirTran. Seems more like a management problem.


Fly the friendly skys and stay out of mine.
User currently offlineAASTEW From Dominican Republic, joined Oct 2001, 447 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2992 times:

Yep, I gotta just laugh at the industry outsiders on this forum.

How much is a Pilot, Mechanic, F/A worth? Just bring the wages down to minimum wage, so that upper management can run out of town like the wild coyote with millions in hand.

This industry has certainly changed! Now it is just a great job with no future!





User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

If the bankruptcy court approves UA's motion to disavow it's pension plan, DL will file for bankruptcy. This is the only way they'll be able to compete on a level playing field.

Why should only a couple of carriers continue to bear the huge liabilities and cash flow drains that these pension plans carry when others can write of billions of dollars in debt and free up $500M in cash flow by going to court?

The only question is whether it will be a pre-packaged BK filing or not.


User currently offline1MillionFLyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

AASTEW

I am involved the industry, I am not saying minimum wage, but when 120,000 a year computer programming jobs are going to India for 25,000 and those left with jobs all took 20-40% paycuts you have to wake up to the reality of mis-valued supply and demand.

There are 1000's of pilots on the street furloughed. the supply exceeds demand therefore prices (wages) drop. it is simple economics. I don't like it either but it happens.

Flight attendants are always underpaid period they don;t need to EVER take a pay cut (in my mind). Same with ground workers.

the average FAMILY income in the US is 37,200 , a 150,000 salary which was cut from FROM 220,000 isn't so bad. Think of all the taxes that are saved  Smile



User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Interesting...But USAirways' pilots are compensated less than SWA or AirTran. Seems more like a management problem.

IFLY2EAT,
you hit the nail right on the head, the latest issue with US is nothing more than to break those overpaid underworked union minions-sarcasm. i know there are people in here that would pimp them selves out for nothing, but you get what you pay for..dayflyer, im assuming you are pro management,look at the following rates and tell me that its a greedy employees problem when wn is paying thoses rates and still making cash,
us-144/hr
aa-150/hr
ua-139/hr...you have to be kidding me
wn-172/hr
dl--222/hr...i had to throw that in here
all rates are based on a 7 year capt on the 733(aa is based on the 738)
pilotpay.com..............................



bus driver.......move that bus:)
User currently offline1MillionFLyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

US Is a management problem for sure. Pilots have already given enough! They bought too many Airbuses and didn't embrace RJ's until it was too late. I have had 3 US pilot friend s get furloughed 2 are at America West the other is not flying. they had 12 years seniority at a minimum and still got cut.


the DL Pilots should be at 150 or so, or work have more flexible work rules like WN.
in any event $222 is not the norm.


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