LawAndOrder wrote:The Delta hate is real. QR couldn’t stop delta from connecting with LA they certainly won’t be pushing DL away. They will be a thorn but I’m sure QR/DL will learn to coexist. Yes they gain more from the bankruptcy loan but that doesn’t give them full ruling power. Plus the check hasn’t been written for all of the 350s. Delta could use those as bargaining power. QR wasn’t interested in keeping the 350s they had on lease from LA and as a consequence will be going to DL all of which QR could have prevented.
I think people are over stating what AA did For LA in Miami. Delta Could add 3 flights to the top 10 destinations (which they already serve 3).Delta could theoretically keep a subset of their 717s to cover when the demand returns using its current gates. That’s roughly 24 planes doing 2.5 turns a day. Add in a few 321s and you have the Demand covered for the top 20 connection markets for LA/AA feed. Someone please provide data to negate.
Plus strongest position in the second highest SA market at jfk and a even race in LA the third highest market. Not to mention a few new 350s they can throw on routes to aid LA. That all in addition to whatever they can squeeze out of atl. Just because you like an airline or work for it doesn’t mean what has prevailed before will always prevail. Will DL cripple AA no but did leaving AA connection cripple LA no or they wouldn’t have left. People spent months modeling cases not just going off feelings.
No Delta hate here- they’re my usual airline when I travel. I’m just wondering what the implications are for DL with QR influencing the bankruptcy process. It will be interesting to see if DL’s investment is wiped out; wasn’t UA’s investment in AV wiped out early this year before they filed Chapter 11?
The issue here is that DL isn’t in a position to add flights out of MIA. No one is at this point. Now, once demand begins rising, we could see flights added, but I’d have my doubts. If they were serious about having a domestic presence in MIA, they would have began building it up just after the deal.