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USAir CEO: DL Is "Axis Of Evil," Leo Is "Dr. Evil"  
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/020917/us_airways_1.html

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!

*ROTFLMAO*


It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3391 times:





Hmmm. any resemblance?



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

what a baby.

i think that that alliance pretty much covers the entire US so it could work.


J Lu


User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32782 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

Okay... I'm curious to see what everybody thinks.

I think he is way over exageratting. Obviously the NW/CO/DL deal is there to help them compete better. However, I am totally against it.



a.
User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3348 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.

-GD727



Mmmm forbidden donut.
User currently offlineMd88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3336 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?


User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

Greetings:

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.

Regards
Tom


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Hey, when you're in bankruptcy it's easy to put blame on others.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3404 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

a little O/T
When is the DOT going to make a decision on the UA/US alliance? Isn't it coming up?


User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3237 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. Big grin 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!!

Regards,

Scott W.


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

WAAAAHHH! They stole my airline!!!

Ahem...  Yeah sure

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

That is just too funny. You know, that picture of Leo looks kind of like Jack Nicholson from the The Shining ROTF

Needless to say, it appears that the US chief is grasping at some straws here. I do have to thank him for his humor though. Who would play the role of "Mini Me"?


User currently offlineExusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3101 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.


User currently offlineScottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6763 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3063 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.


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3052 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?"?


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4506 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2939 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.

Jim



Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Just a very far-fetched scenario I heard on the local TV station:

If US Airways gets the federal loan guarantee and fails to pay back the money, the U.S. gov't will have to pay the banks. (a very likely scenario)

When that happens, the U.S. gov't will essentially own a large part US Airways? As an owner, it is in their best interest to see US Airways get back on its feet again.

Why would the government approve the CO/NW/DL alliance if it will directly or indirectly hurt US Airways in the long run? It makes more sense to reject the CO/NW/DL deal and approve UA/US.

Isn't there some conflict of interest here?


User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Here is my 2 minute photoshop masterpiece..



User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16259 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

Perhaps US should focus on its internal cost structure, and stop flailing around looking for external factors to blame for their troubles.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineDutchDeltaDude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2674 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.


User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

The identification of Mullin as Dr. Evil should come as a relief to Air Canada CEO (and former Delta exec) Robert Milton. Milton complained once that he was being accused of being Dr. Evil.

Delta is doing something to help itself by offering its passengers a wider range of connection options. What is US Airways doing to help itself by helping its passengers?



User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2550 times:

And all these years I thought AA was the Axis of Evil, employing "skynazi's", and Crandall was Dr. Evil. When did they relinquish the titles?

User currently offlineDelta_fan From Mexico, joined Jul 2001, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2521 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 .........


Just my 2 cents .....


Delta_fan


User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2093 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2506 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.

User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

>>It just good COMPETITIVE business. Siegel needs to stop watching so many movies and find ways to effectively compete. <<

First step met...all labor agreements are ratified and will give US among the lowest labor costs in the country. Next up....fleet rationalization.


25 Jhooper : Milemaster, I love it!
26 Post contains images Vincent32 : In the US we have this little thing called capitalism, social darwinism, survival of the fittest. If the code share agreement works out, it's just bus
27 DeltAirlines : First off, the statement regarding Delta as the "Axis of Evil" has caused me to lose a lot of my respect for David Siegal. In the United States' views
28 Jsnww81 : US Airways got it wrong. Robert Crandall will ALWAYS be the "Dr. Evil" of the airline industry. Shrewd and smart, yes, but also a very bitter, connivi
29 DeltaBoy777 : Personally, I think Siegal better keep his you know what out of Delta's business, and worry about running his own airline!!! Good Lord!!
30 AA717driver : "...And so, Airline Stabilization Board, I'm holding the city of Rochester, New York hostage for the sum of ONE BEEEELYON DOLLARS!(sound of evil laugh
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