I agree, not quite sure how a delay in starting a route equates into 'embarrassment' .
When DL confirms they're simply delaying the route then your post has merit.
Currently there is no announced route and there is no announced delay. This is an embarrassment for DL who right now has egg all over their face.
Lol. DL isn't concerned what some avgeeks on a.net think. They certainly aren't "embarrassed" or "have egg all over their face."
The US accepting an agreement not even worth its weight in paper and for no concessions at all from the ME3 is a complete L for Delta. They kicked up a huge mirage of smoke and mirrors for years on end with America first lobbyists, and when they finally got the chance with the most protectionist administration in US history, they still managed to somehow muck it up. Instead of securing a victory against the ME3, their war on subsidies went the other direction, effectively accelerating what they had always feared most: giving more strength to the Gulf carriers and a blank check for unrestricted expansion into the US. This administration has imposed tariffs on almost every ally and started trade wars with China and for Delta to have to effectively get down on its knees and beg the government to sign the most worthless air agreement of all time shows just how weak and emotionally motivated their case was. For Delta, a US airline, under an America first administration, that is an utter and complete failure of epic proportions. Their anti-ME3 campaign backfired big time and has literally exploded in their face. If they can’t get this admin to do anything concrete for them, then there is not a chance of a future admin taking any kind of action against the ME3 and the situation is bleak and utterly hopeless.
For Delta, the open skies crusade has coming to a bitter end, representing little more than a smoking pile of rubble and millions of dollars wasted on a failed and stunningly arrogant lobbying campaign, and with it their aspirations of a global airline empire ruled entirely by Delta and their JV partners crushed and relegated to a dream turned nightmare. After fooling themselves into thinking they actually stopped the ME3, they totally dropped the ball with India big time and fell straight into their own trap. Anything less than a complete success after their loud and brash open skies campaign would've been a clear failure. United is now the envy of Delta, showcasing the deadly combination of neutrality and rational thinking by partnering with Etihad while Delta has successfully managed to burn any and all bridges with the ME3 for a long time.
Delta’s fatal mistake was a self-inflicted wound to rush out a bold press release that was intentionally as vague and fact-free as possible, inspired by the same kind of backwards “shoot first, ask later” thinking that got into Iraq. The lack of any kind of substantive plan whatsoever has directly resulted in having to settle with 9W, an airline under the gun for financial troubles, pulling the rug out from under Delta’s grand and fictitious ambitions to return to India. Aside from being complete snakeoil with no date, no plane, and of course no route in sight, it is clear that the writing was on the wall with a total failure to do any kind of well-intentioned due diligence or market research. Delta will now learn that lesson the hard way as it reaps what it sows. If there is a silver lining to this, it is that Delta’s management will never make such a risible mistake again.