flashmeister
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Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Wed Sep 19, 2001 10:12 pm

I haven't seen anything up on DL's website or here, but CNN is reporting that Delta has cut capacity 20%. Anyone have details?
 
jwenting
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Wed Sep 19, 2001 10:14 pm

Read on their website earlier that they were working at 82% normal levels already. Maybe that's what CNN misread as meaning they would reduce capacity to 82%?
CNN has been known to get their facts wrong (who won the elections again last year?)
I wish I were flying
 
exusair
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 1:55 am

DL will reduce by 20%. Hourly flights to LGA/BOS/PHL will probably be axed to several daily frequencies. Marginal routes will also be axed and replaced with RJ's.

DL has not been specific as to cutbacks. The ALPA at DL has given them some flexibility as far as duty times and overtime pay.

DL has said to its f/a group that it will seek to give voluntary leaves of absence from 1-5 years before they begin to furlough anybody. So far, everyone is working a full schedule and endeavoring to return the airline to its normal level of operation, despit the loss of DCA.
 
Delta737
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 2:13 am

Delta has had no specific cuts as of 1010 PST.

There were NO talks of reducing frequencies and replacing with RJ's. In fact, the C2K contractural language doesn't allow that.

DCA is remaining closed, however we are begining limited shuttle flights between IAD and LGA.

DALPA has agreed to some flexibility with overtime and bank usage (flying over the monthly cap) until September 30th.

Some of the news media has reported that Delta *is* laying off, but according to all of my resources (DALPA forums, ALPA website, Deltanet, the Dave Bushy Code-A-Phone, Newsline and the everpresent pilot gossip network) there have been *no* layoffs reported.

Doug Taylor
 
flashmeister
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 3:23 am

EXUSAir, what's your source?
 
flumuc
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:25 am

I heard they will discontinue the daily New York JFK-Munich, Germany flights.
 
RJ_Delta
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 6:14 am

Hi:

Delta hasn't said nothing about cut flights and employees. I think that CNN must be confuse. But I think that Delta will cut a some employees and probably short routes with a few rentability. Also Delta could retire a some of 727-200 Advanced. These are a great oportunity to do that.

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RJ_Delta.
 
Delta737
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 7:41 am

Again, as of 1542 PST, there have been no official announcements of route cutbacks according to Deltanet, DALPA and the employee hotline.

Doug Taylor
 
exusair
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 12:31 pm

Sources:
Cut Backs:
Leo Mullin testimony to Congress and press interviews.

F/A Leaves of Absence:
Conference calls to employees from VP of Inflight Service.

Pilot Work Rules:
Anecdotal comments from various DL pilots.

Schedule cutbacks:
Inevitable due to softness of traffic. Why operate flights every 30 mins to LGA from ATL when you are only filling 40-50% of seats?

Although DL is in a favorable cash position relative to its peers of similar size, Mr. Mullin has said this evening that the financial package from congress is imperative to the health of the industry. There is currently a wait and see plan of action. DL is anxious to see how much federal money is granted to them and how that will affect short term planning.
 
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 4:57 pm

DL is waiting to see what the gov't does before acting.
DL should offer voluntary leaves of absence to all work groups. Delta is NOT sitting on so much cash as you may think, I know what is published and it is very expensive to operate an airline and with the sluggish economy continuing, plus the blows DL suffered from its pilots slowdown earlier, and along with Comair pilot's strike a while back....it is all going to add up. Travel is slowing down, the rest of the economy NOT just the airlines, is suffering too. And with less money to spend on travel, including business travel, the industry will suffer more. Even with Gov't subsidies, the airline industry is still going to face reductions in many areas.
Delta is also reluctant to furlough due to what happened in the early 90's with the infamous "7.5" !
But I am almost certain DL will end-up having to axe many jobs. People still have the "it can't happen to us" mentality.
 
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:26 pm

According to Deltanet, Tuesday's load factor is 38.4%, Shuttle 10%, and DL Express in the 20's. Their overall load factor seems to have gone down everday since Sat.

This is not good people.
 
jrlander
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 9:56 pm

It is just over a week since the World Trade Center attack. I think most people were expecting this to happen. Once things calm down a bit, the load factors will rise again. Numerous sources have said that Delta is in perhaps the best shape of any of the airlines. (see the news articles at http://biz.yahoo.com/news/airlines.html
 
exusair
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RE: Delta Cutting Capacity By 20%?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 3:25 am

From the CFO of DL:
Cash on hand $2.5 billion.
Over $1 billion raised by bond issue earlier this week.
Value of owned a/c in DL fleet: $8.9 billion.

Certainly a favorable cash position compared to other major carriers.

There is enough money to make it to Thanksgiving and Christmas, where the fate of many carriers will be decided. It is imperative for carriers to generate enough cash to make it through winter.

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