Wrp8e states that "I would be interesting to see some DL reaction on this forum. Maybe a bit of crow should be eaten. They were so adamant that CO would not buy DL."
Yeah, it seems like our friend Ceilidh wasn't at all wrong, but DeltaSFO, whom one might have expected to chime in by now, was wrong, very wrong...
Hey, CO's purchase of Delta may be a last-ditch recognition on Leo Mullin's part that he doesn't have the management resources (i.e., staff and analytical systems) to run an airline in the current environment. Delta management have just taken far too many incompetent and unwise actions over the last three years to inspire confidence among its various constituencies (i.e., its shareholders, its employees, and its passengers). We perhaps should have seen this coming when Delta announced a couple years back that it would add a surcharge to non-internet tickets/bookings. Do you remember the public firestorm that that caused and the embarassment to Delta management when they had to retract the decision. There have been many decisions like that over the last three years.
Continental management, however, has proven not only that they can create a competitive image for their carrier, but that they can get employees to buy into that image.
If this merger were to go through, however, Gordon Bethune is not by any means the clear cut winner. He may have had a better management staff than those at Delta, but he would now have to grapple with bigger labor problems than those caused by mergers at American/TWA and United/US Airways. For one, who wants to tell the pilots at Delta that their "new" contract, the one at Continental, calls for them to take a pay cut?