Forgive me for being a bit confused...
As I understand the issue, there is (or was?) a dispute between Delta and Gate Gourment. Delta owed money, but Delta was also disputing some of their invoices. Can anyone tell us with certaintly how much DL
owed and how back in arrears they are? If $25M is the number, for a carrier the size of Delta, that does not seem to me to be a terribly big number (in the grand scheme).
was in arrears significantly, then GG
would be within their rights to withhold their catering; however, not without some degree of notice. I cannot believe that a caterer would leave flights departing without catering. As much as it hurts the airline, it hurts the reputation of the caterer (my opinion).
I am somewhat confused also why David Siegel's name came into the discussion about Delta and Gate Gourmet, other than the fact that he is CEO. Yes, he was at USAirways at a very bad time, but I am not certain how that fact has anything to do with the situation between Delta and GG
...unless this was someone's attempt to bash David Siegel and use the Delta/GG dispute as a means to open that discussion.
I don't know this situation; but I do know one thing: Any person making malicious statements about anyone that causes them material harm (either to their reputation or their livelihood) is slander, and is actionable. So far, I have heard a good deal of Siegel bashing, but not any facts to back it up. A lot of opinions and conjecture, yes..but facts? I am not so sure. There are some who seem to be supporting him and from what I read, those comments seem to have some factual basis to them.
I am going to sound like a broken record (especially in light of my last set of posts on another issue), but lets be prudent and step back a moment and ask the question: What is this thread about? Is it about DL
/GG or is it about David Siegel? If its about David Siegel, then unless you know something that is factual, please take care about what you say. It would be really sad if some attorney of David Siegel's walked up to your front door with a writ calling you to account for your statements. Colonoscopies to remove subpoenas from your large intestine are very painful.
If you are making posts on this forum, please refrain from making statements about things that you cannot factually back up. You never know; you may find yourself prostrate on a table somewhere comtemplating the fun the Dr. is going have removing that subpoena!
If someone could clear up the confusion about this thread, I'd appreciate it. I am very concerned about Delta right now. There needs to be good constructive discussion about their situation. If we are going to poke fun, let's find something funny like...did you know there is an airline where the pilot is also the flight attendant?
You all are great participants, I love reading your posts and I enjoy bantering back and forth in good fun as well as responding substantively to the issues of the day. Let's keep the forum going in that spirit.
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998