slcdeltarumd11
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What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:07 am

What does delta need to do to be profitable again??
I know deltas restructuring report came out and oviously cutting Dallas is a good move but what else should be done?? I don't like everything in the restructuring like expanding song and other things, but it seems like a good step forward.

Some things i have thought make sense right now

-reduce fleet be a meaner leaner airline
-fight to save Atlanta at all costs
-cancel SONG don't try to fight the discount airlines at their own game
-try to attract more full fare flyers maybe offer more service in first class or to loyal business travelers
-more seasonal flying to places the discounters don't go
 
ArmitageShanks
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:08 am

Fire the expensive pilots and hire cheaper ones.
 
isitsafenow
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:14 am

1. Give the pilots the exact same contract Continental has. If they can live with it, so can the gang at Delta. Remember, the fleets are pretty close aren't they?
2. Dump Song
3. Put the frequent flyer program back to where it was last year.
They lost a lot of customers giving only 1/2 mile instead of
a full mile with the cheapest fares. Other carriers did NOT follow that DL lead.
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isitsafenow
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:21 am

CORRECTION ......On point three above, DL gives you 1/2 mileage on medallion status, not your total miles with the cheap fare vs. the full fare
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Cory6188
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:23 am

Do CO pilots make particularly low salaries in comparison to the other majors?
 
Lono
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:28 am

Follow Grinstein into the future!!!
Wally Bird Ruled the Skys!
 
CALMSP
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:31 am

out pilots make decent pay...........i dont see anyof them struggling.....all it is is the DL pilots want tomake sure they can keep there house in ACK....as well as their ASE condo.........well make a choice.........have a steady job or continue to reject proposals and be out of a job in the future.
 
ltbewr
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 6:04 am

Song should be used to take care of the casual/tourist flyers from major cities to tourist destinations, like to Florida, on a seasonaly adjusted basis, and to those locations with much price competition (Florida, SJU for example) and high LCC compeition (WN, Jet Blue). The mainline can then focus on the business pax and international.
I am quite sure there are many routes and flights DL operates year round with daily losses and do not really feed other flights to offset. They need to id those losers and drop them or transfer them to cheaper express divisions. They should condider dropping service (USA only) to some airports if they only have a few flights a day to cover overall costs.
They may have to reduce the hubbing of so many flights through ATL. From reports here, that airport is a nightmare, with long transfers and prone to weather delays at times over the year. They should also de-peak flights there and elsewhere.
They need to look at a balance of employee moral and efficiency. This is very difficult due to need to reduce labor costs, especially salaries and benefits but too many cuts hurts moral and labor peace.
 
Dalmd88
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:43 am

All that is left is reduce the pilot costs and most importantly reduce our debt load. Just those two more things will make us profitable IF oil prices come back down some. These are all that is needed. Song works. Deal with it. If it didn't we wouldn't be expanding it put 12 or more airplanes.
 
USairways16BWI
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RE: What Does Delta Need To Do To Be Profitable Again?

Fri Oct 01, 2004 8:53 am

well, i think it would be better if u didnt have to connect in ATL almost everytime u fly them. and it would also be better if they could maybe try and get a flight out ontime for once....  Smile

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