Guys, think for just a sec what the hell you've gotta do to be a delta pilot. After all everything one goes through, i think they deserve the dollars. Just look how much money successful lawyers and dentists earn. Why should pilots not do well to. And as for the comments about 767s, well, most people are not planes nuts, and, wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the 767 or 777. For them, its just a plane. And, weather we like it or not, they are the bulk majority of the customers. If delta can't afford it, well, why not use the Boeing 747-400, and sell a few more seats. If they are 'such' a great airline, they shouldn't have any trouble selling they're seats.
and if it were my airline, i would have a de-unionised workforce. I have never heard of such problems at southwest! Delta's problem here is its competitors are companies like British Airways. They get the traveling publics first preference and can fill up 747s with ease. An extra hundred or more people does make it just that little bit easier to pay for expensive crew.