Oh, naturally. This is entirely my own subjective impression, but it seems to me that DL
, more than any other airline in this country, has a greater, stronger association with its home city. I mean, what's Atlanta without Delta? And vice-versa? The two go together like rum and, well, Coke. Funny to think that Delta wasn't even headquartered there until all that long ago.
On the other hand, I just don't think CO
has the same level of popular association with Houston. Or AA
with Fort Worth. Or even WN
with Dallas, though if Wright hadn't been a factor, that might have turned out differently.
What are my criteria for this? Good question. I'd like to know myself. So don't put too much stock in the statement -- it's just an off the cuff remark about how it seems to me that DL
and Atlanta are more closely related in the public mind than any other city/airline pair in the U.S. and, quite possibly, the world.
For example: the episode of "Futurama" where the crew visited the mythical undersea world of Atlanta. The reason it sank is because the DL
hub got too darn large. Do you think any other television show could make that joke about any other airline? I just don't see it working with CO
and Houston, which was all I was trying to say.
Nope. I know a fair bit about the Houston economy and its participants, so I know how many enormous, hugely important companies are based there, or have significant operations there, or what have you. So I'm not making that statement in total ignorance, nor am I trying to argue that Houston isn't one of the top three -- maybe
top four -- most important economies in the United States. But I stand by my assertion that Atlanta has more than its share of "name brand" companies. Houston, on the other hand, might actually have less
than its share of name brand companies. And in that category, the number one it does/did have is/was Enron.
Note also that my definition of "name brand" companies is about as scientific ("worthless") as my patented index of airline/city public perceptions.
New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune