"Delta's pilots are by far the best-paid industry. A Delta pilot can expect to earn 100% more than his equally competent counterpart at American Airlines, itself not exactly having the lowest wages... With absurd payscales such as these, the question should be How Can Delta NOT Be Loosing Money?"
Are the Delta pilots overpaid relative to the rest of the industry? Sure, and it will change. But statements like this are just pure ignorance. First of all, the AA
pilots make 36% less than the Delta pilots. Second, the statement the AA
does not exactly have low wages is way off. AA
is below all the other majors and below airlines like Frontier, Airtran, Southwest, etc. AA
is very low paid right now. Third, the pilots are not the sole reason Delta is loosing money. Even if the Delta pilots were paid the same as the JetBlue pilots, Delta would have still lost money in the last quarter.
Delta has many problems to overcome. Pilot pay is one of them, and it will be addressed. But, it is not the only problem. Unless Delta management is willing to start to make real changes in the way the airline operates, Delta will never make it no matter how little you want to pay the pilots.