US Airways Faults Delta on Rivalry
US Airways Chief Accuses Delta of Trying to Put It Out of Business
Tuesday September 17, 7:14 pm ET
By MATTHEW BARAKAT, AP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president of US Airways accused Delta Air Lines of anticompetitive behavior Tuesday, criticizing an alliance Delta is pursuing with two other major carriers.
"Delta's strategy is built on one basic element: US Airways' failure," the company's president, David Siegel, said in reference to Delta's proposed code-share agreement with Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines.
Siegel referred to the proposed Continental-Delta-Northwest partnership as the "Axis of Evil" and called Delta Chairman Leo Mullin "Dr. Evil."
Okay... I'm curious to see what everybody thinks.
My opinion is this: It's the most hilarious thing I've seen all year!
It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
GD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
Don't get me wrong, I like Us Airways, but the CEO is being paranoid when he says "Delta's strategy is built on one basic element: US Airways' failure,". Delta may not be as weak as Us Airways, but like all American carriers, they are having financial problems and low passenger numbers. Delta is just trying to get some strong business partners and provide the best service possible.
Md88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1329 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3198 times:
I think US Airways will fail regardless of DAL's actions. The Leo is Dr. Evil comment is hilarious. You have to love a CEO that will say something like that. Funnier even the Gordon's 'Box of rocks' comment. Maybe he is trying to rally the troops with a "us against the world" approach.
What does he think the other competitors are going to do with US Airways on the ropes? Maybe everyone should pull out of PIT, PHL, LGA, and DCA until US Airways gets back on its feet? Can't we all just get along?
Tbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3186 times:
It's about competition and survival. By taking away two large competitors and combining your forces you can now feed off of each other's strengths and provide customers real choice over low cost carriers. I wouldn't be surprised to see these three merge with one division turning it self into a low cost carrier. Siegel really has no right to speak, US Airways has a code share with UAL. That code share provides total cost to cost coverage and international coverage. NW, CO, and DL don't have the same presence on the West cost as UAL does and US Airway's coverage on the East cost is equal to both DL and CO.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3099 times:
What is funny as for Dr. Evil on the picture as for himself. I did seen with on the movie by the t.v as for myself. I'm still thinking about will have codeshare with DL/NW/CO as for join by skyteam alliance by soon in early Spring 2003. I think. If they are made of DOT is approved as for the 3 airlines. And will be ready goes into the codeshare with them. Ok? Well, goodnight!!
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
Siegal used to be at a rental car company. He should know what evil is. Try retuning a car that is 1 gallon of gas shy of full and 1 minute over the agreed upon return time. We're talkin $5.00 for the gas and a prorate for 1 hr for that extra minute. Try renting a car from LGA or JFK for under $50.00 for a friggin Geo Metro.....Siegal knows what evil is.
USAirways problems are all Delta's fault. Never mind incompetent management, a mosaic fleet of a/c and a route network that pirates it's own hubs. Never mind the infamous 'There is no plan B' comment made by Wolf after the demise opf the US/UA merger.
Yep. It's pretty clear that DL is to blame for the misdeeds of 2 decades of shear incompetence from the office in Crystal City. Siegal is behaving like Hitler in his bunker.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6577 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2925 times:
I wonder if this means that US Airways won't be getting that loan guarantee for 900 meeeeeeellion dollars...or if Delta will ask for the whole ten beeeeellion dollars. I wonder if the RJ's will be renamed Mini-Jets.
Seriously, though, the US-UA codeshare was clearly aimed directly at Delta, and less so at Continental. I don't think it is at all surprising that they responded to the competitive threat; after all, the broad majority of the traffic gained from a UA-US codeshare would come from DL and CO.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2914 times:
USAirways folks....Find a new job fast!
I seem to recall the last years of the 80s and the first couple of the 90s, it became almost a hobby for Pan Am execs to whine about the vulture called American hovering over their quickly expiring carcass.
Should we call these "parting shots".....or "any last words?"?
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4466 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2801 times:
That's hilarious. I think Siegel needs a vacation. Actually, I'm surprised he isn't calling Jim Parker and David Neeleman "Dr. Evil and Mini Me." They're hurting US's bottom line far more than is DL. To which I as a consumer say, thanks be to God. Reasonably priced air transportation has reached the Northeast at last.
DutchDeltaDude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2536 times:
Even if it were so that Delta's only focus is putting US Airways out of business... that is what free market economics is all about, isn't? Beating your competitors? I thought Americans were so proud of their free market economy.
But serious, Delta is obviously securing it's own future, and this alliance is a good step in that direction.
Delta_fan From Mexico, joined Jul 2001, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
I think only when the gun is pointing at you , I becomes uncomfortable.
But when US was pulling towards a merger with UA then it was a perfectly " normal " business decsition , well now you can see the consequences , so live with it .........
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
Siegel's idea of competition is for DL to quietly lay back while US and UA link up and divert market share AWAY from DL. According to Siegel, should DL try to protect themselves from this revenue and passenger diversion by forming an alliance of their own, its deemed as "evil". The fact is, US is in a world of hurt due mostly to problems of their own making and DL has actually been beating up on US for many years without the aid of an alliance. In a speech to employees a while back I remember Leo Mullin stating that DL would not just sit back and "allow our competition to hurt us". This is one of the ways DL is choosing to bolster its business and address the proposed competitive threats. It just good COMPETITIVE business. Siegel needs to stop watching so many movies and find ways to effectively compete.