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Old December 10th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #421
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Seniority for pilots at Delta, Northwest Airlines to be decided by status, aircraft category
9 December 2008

ATLANTA (AP) - The pilot seniority lists at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines will be integrated based on pilots' status and aircraft category, though pilots from one carrier will not be able to fly for a period of time certain planes the other carrier brought to the combination, an arbitration panel ruled.

The three-member panel's decision Monday, which affects roughly 12,000 pilots, is binding and effective immediately.

Atlanta-based Delta, which became the world's biggest carrier when it acquired Northwest on Oct. 29, wants to smoothly integrate the two work forces as part of its effort to achieve significant cost savings from the deal. A joint pilot contract was reached previously, but seniority had remained unresolved until Monday.

Pilots value their seniority. Those at the top of the list get first choice on vacations, the best routes and the bigger planes that they get paid more for flying.

During closed-door hearings before the panel, a lawyer for Delta pilots argued that Delta pilots' seniority list should be merged with Northwest based on pilots' status and aircraft category, while a lawyer for Northwest pilots insisted the fair and equitable method would be to merge the lists based on pilots' date of hire.

In a memo to Delta pilots just before midnight Monday, the head of Delta's pilots union, Lee Moak, said the foundation of the panel's integration method is "ratioed status and category" with a "rational treatment for the minor attrition differences that exist between the two pilot groups."

Northwest pilots tend to be older than Delta pilots because many senior pilots retired from Delta during the run-up to the airline's 2005 bankruptcy filing.

Delta and Northwest will not be able to fly as one carrier under the Delta name until Delta obtains a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, which it hopes to have by the end of next year. According to the panel ruling, a "fence" will be imposed for five years from the implementation date of the single operating certificate.

The restriction means that during that period, no pre-merger Northwest pilot may be awarded or displaced to a vacancy on a Boeing 777 aircraft or category and no pre-merger Delta pilot may be awarded or displaced to a Boeing 787 or Boeing 747 vacancy.

Delta pilots attorney Jeffrey R. Freund had told the panel that to integrate the two pilot lists, the first step should be to place the aircraft on both sides of the combined company in broad categories and then look at each pilot's status on those aircraft.

For example, Freund said, there could be international wide-body captains and narrow-body first officers. He said that whatever the categories are, the appropriate process would be to then count the pilots in each status and category who held those positions on a particular date, on the respective seniority lists.

So, if there were 200 Delta international wide-body captains and 100 Northwest international wide-body captains, the top 300 pilots from the two seniority lists would be distributed on the merged seniority list on the basis of two Delta pilots and then one Northwest pilot, and so on down the line. Freund said the pilots in other aircraft categories should be distributed on the merged list the same way.

But Daniel M. Katz, an attorney for Northwest pilots, had told the arbitration panel that the only truly fair way to integrate the two lists so that pilots on each side understand they are where they belong is to do it based on the date they were hired.

Ultimately, the panel ruled that the status and category method is the more equitable approach. It said that if the two groups of pilots had their seniority lists combined based on date of hire, it would result in "a dramatic overloading of Northwest pilots in premium flying categories."

The arbitration panel -- California labor attorney Fredric Horowitz, attorney Dana Eischen and veteran arbitrator Richard Bloch -- was called in to resolve the seniority issue after the pilots at both airlines reached an impasse.

Delta also has labor issues to resolve with other employee groups, such as flight attendants and ground workers. Northwest is heavily unionized, while Delta's pilots are the carrier's only major work group to be in a union.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 01:58 PM   #422
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Well, I wouldn't like flying from Amsterdam to Atlanta in a 737. And business class is too expensive
If the seats are the same size I wonder why the aircraft type would matter. If airlines did transatlantic MD-80's I would jump on in a heartbeat because that is my favorite plane.

Does it really make a difference if you have the same seat on an A380 on a long haul flight vs. the same exact seat on a 737 or 757?
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A 737 has one aisle, so that causes that there is less room, and an aircraft with two aisles seems a bit less crowded IMO
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I have flown on the NWA's 747-400 many times to Japan. They are definately more comfortable than the 767's. The flight from Detroit to Nagoya is long. So one needs to be as comfortable as possible. It is good that Delta will the the 747's. I am looking forward to the Delta paint scheme on them.
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Prague, Czechoslovakia ? hahahaha

They are just missing Belgrade, Yugoslavia or even Zagreb. lol



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A 737 has one aisle, so that causes that there is less room, and an aircraft with two aisles seems a bit less crowded IMO
So I guess it's just the perception of more space. I guess if I sat for 10 hours in a lawn chair on an ERJ145 it might feel different than sitting in the same exact lawn chair for 10 hours on an A380.
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Delta have the first 747-400 from Northwest and the pictures are on a.net
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Delta to launch Gogo Inflight Internet service
15 December 2008
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Delta Air Lines has announced that on 16 December it is launching Gogo Inflight Internet service on six of its aircraft, the first of over 300 aircraft that will feature the service.

Inflight Internet will be available on five MD-88 aircraft operating Delta Shuttle routes between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Boston's Logan and Washington's Reagan airports, as well as one Boeing 757 aircraft operating throughout Delta's domestic system.

To promote the launch, Delta is offering passengers travelling on the Gogo-equipped MD-88 Shuttle aircraft free access to Gogo between 16 and 31 December 2008. The normal price of the service will be USD9.95 for flights of three hours or less and USD12.95 for flights of more than three hours.

The airline joined with Aircell, a provider of airborne communications for business and commercial aviation, to install the company's Gogo Inflight Internet service on Delta's mainline domestic fleet.
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Delta to join Pacific route free-for-all
20 December 2008
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THE world's largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, is about to cause major headaches for Qantas and the fledgling V Australia, announcing it will service the lucrative Pacific route between Australia and the US next year.

Delta Air Lines' decision to extend its reach by offering a non-stop service between Sydney and Los Angeles from July 1 is likely to prompt an airfare war between it, Qantas, V Australia and United.

Qantas has long had a near monopoly on the route, which accounts for about 15 per cent of its profit.

But earlier this year, Virgin announced it would launch an Australian-based international carrier and compete directly with Qantas across the Pacific from February 27.

"The new Sydney-Los Angeles route is an example of our strategy to expand selectively in order to continue to meet the needs of our customers," Delta Air Lines spokesman Glen Hauenstein said.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said people travelling to and from the US would be the big winners.

"This much greater level of competition will be good for travellers, the local tourism industry and the national economy," he said.

While Delta's announcement will threaten Qantas' profit, investors reacted favourably to the news that it had abandoned merger talks with British Airways.

Qantas shares jumped 21, or 8.6 per cent, to $2.64.
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Delta: Nonstop flight from RDU to Paris in 2010
23 December 2008

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Delta Air Lines is delaying the startup of its nonstop service between Paris and Raleigh-Durham International Airport until 2010.

The RDU Airport Authority said Tuesday that Delta said the delay was based on the economic climate. The Atlanta-based airline had planned to start service between RDU and Charles de Gaulle Airport on June 2, 2009.

RDU marketing director Teresa Damiano said the airport authority was confident that airport's service would grow once the global economy improves.
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Good to finally see a Delta 747. How many will they have?
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Fantastic and stunnig pic of this 747 flying under Delta's livery!!
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Delta eyes 2,000 job cuts via early retirement

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc, which took over rival Northwest Airlines last year, said it expects about 2,000 staff to opt for an early retirement programme as it aims to trim capacity as much as 8 percent this year.

The latest move by the world's biggest airline highlights a trend among major airlines fighting for profits as global economic recession weighs on passengers' travel budgets.

In December, Delta, which has about 75,000 staff worldwide, said it would offer employees severance packages, but it didn't say how many jobs it aimed to cut.

"We are expecting a number of around 2,000 because the capacity reduction is going to be around 6 to 8 percent," Delta CEO Richard Anderson told reporters on the sidelines of a media briefing in Tokyo.

"We will know more towards the end of this month, because we gave employees a wide window so that they can make the right decision."

In March 2008, Delta announced 2,000 job cuts and offered voluntary severance packages. More than 4,000 workers took advantage of the packages.

Prior to the merger, Northwest trimmed its staff by about 2,000 workers.

Major airlines, battered by sagging travel demand and losses on fuel hedging costs, have been working to bolster their profitability by cutting capacity and finding new revenue streams. Capacity reductions affect the number of seats for sale and are achieved by cutting flights or replacing large planes with smaller ones.

Japan Airlines plans to cut about 10 percent of its total workforce by end of March while Singapore Airlines is reportedly planning to ask its cargo pilots to take unpaid leave as the carriers face tough operating conditions.

Atlanta-based Delta said last month its domestic capacity would fall 8 percent to 10 percent in 2009, and international capacity would fall 3 percent to 5 percent as travel demand wanes. Systemwise, that would mean a reduction of 6 to 8 percent.

Anderson told reporters on Thursday Delta expects a 10 percent decline in industry revenue this year as the economic slowdown hits travel demand, taking revenue to where it was after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

"But remember, the fuel price is dramatically lower," he said, adding that the carrier expects to save $5 billion this year from the plunge in oil prices since last summer.

"We expect an enormous benefit from lower fuel prices," said Anderson, adding that would help the carrier achieve profitability in 2009.

U.S. crude oil future traded around $37 a barrel in New York on Wednesday, down from an all-time high above $147 in July last year.

Delta's shares closed down 7.4 percent at $10.29 in New York on Wednesday. The shares have lost about 10 percent this year.
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Delta Air Lines posts $1.4 billion 4Q loss, misses Wall Street estimates; Shares plunge
27 January 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Demand for air travel continues to weaken as deep fare sales in recent weeks have not spurred customers to open up their wallets in droves, Delta Air Lines Inc. executives said Tuesday after the world's biggest carrier posted a $1.4 billion loss for the final three months of 2008 and signaled the revenue environment for 2009 will be challenging.

Delta shares plunged 20 percent in active trading Tuesday.

The Atlanta-based carrier said advance bookings for February and March so far are not promising, especially for international flights.

Delta said it is prepared to cut capacity further than its current plans if needed. Fees for amenities that were once free will continue to be an important part of its revenue stream, though Chief Executive Richard Anderson said Delta is not considering adding a fee for carryon bags.

Anderson said the global financial crisis has hit consumers hard and significantly cut into their discretionary spending.

"We're facing a very different world this year," Anderson said.

Executives said the airline expects to post a sizable loss for the first quarter, which began Jan. 1, but is forecasting a profit for the full year. With the economy uncertain at best, a spike in fuel prices or a significant further drop in demand could change those projections.

Fare sales of late don't seem to be reeling in big numbers of customers, said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president of network planning and revenue management. Demand has dropped in many regions, but especially in the Detroit and Cincinnati areas on the domestic side, which have been affected by cuts in the automotive and industrial sectors, and on trans-Atlantic routes on the international side, executives said. Delta's Atlanta, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City hubs also have been hit, but not as hard as other areas, executives said.

It's not just leisure travelers who are not spending as much, it is business travelers as well.

"They're flying in the front cabin less often," Delta President Ed Bastian said of travelers.

The airline operator also projected that 2009 consolidated passenger unit revenue would be down 4 percent. It reiterated its previously announced plans to cut systemwide capacity 6 percent to 8 percent this year.

Delta's net loss in the fourth quarter was equivalent to $2.11 a share for the October-December period, compared to a loss of $70 million, or 18 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. The loss in the latest quarter included a $904 million charge related to employee equity awards.

Delta had said that when it completed its acquisition of Northwest Airlines, it would issue a nearly 13.4 percent equity stake in the combined airline to employees.

Excluding special items, Delta said it lost $340 million, or 50 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, who generally exclude one-time items from their estimates, expected a loss of 34 cents a share. Delta said the analyst estimates did not factor in a 12 cents per share loss related to the non-cash impact of purchase accounting.

UBS analyst Kevin Crissey said he was focusing on Delta's expected present and future performance rather than its performance in the fourth quarter of last year.

"We were much more concerned with guidance given the noise from the merger in the fourth quarter," Crissey wrote in a research note.

He said Delta's 2009 consolidated passenger unit revenue projection is worse than what his firm had been expecting.

Revenue rose 43 percent to $6.7 billion in the fourth quarter, compared to $4.7 billion a year earlier, as Delta completed its acquisition of Northwest on Oct. 29.

Delta said it had a total net loss of $607 million in the fourth quarter related to fuel hedges. After locking in prices that looked reasonable earlier in 2008, some airlines finished the year paying substantially more than market price for a portion of their fuel. Anderson said Delta paid on average about $100 a barrel for oil in 2008. He said it is budgeting for an average price of half that in 2009.

For all of 2008, Delta said it lost $8.9 billion, or $19.08 a share, compared to a profit of $1.6 billion in 2007. The company did not provide a per-share figure for the 2007 profit because it was in bankruptcy during the first four months of that year. Twelve-month revenue rose to $22.7 billion, compared to $19.2 billion for the prior year.

Delta ended the fourth quarter with $6.1 billion in total liquidity and cash collateral posted with hedge counterparties. Pension, debt and lease obligations will weigh on the airline this year, but executives said Delta expects to end 2009 with roughly $7 billion in liquidity.

Delta Air Lines Inc. operates Delta, Northwest, Comair, Mesaba Airlines and Compass Airlines.

Delta shares fell $2, or 20.1 percent, to end at $7.93 Tuesday.
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Delta Air Lines reinstates program for pilots to report safety problems
28 January 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines, the world's largest airline, said Wednesday it has agreed with its pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration to reinstate a voluntary program in which pilots can report safety concerns.

The Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) was established to improve flight safety by providing better information about flight operations by identifying and resolving potential hazards and human errors.

In December, Delta and American Airlines cited an inability to reach agreements with pilot groups in suspending their Aviation Safety Action Programs that allow pilots to admit mistakes without fear of being punished.

The FAA praised the agreement between Delta and the Air Line Pilots Association and urged US Airways, American Airlines and the labor unions that represent the airlines' employees to resolve their differences and reinstate reporting programs.

"ASAP has proven to be a valuable tool in helping to spot possible safety problems before they become accidents," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "We hope the other carriers will follow Delta's lead and realize just how critical voluntary programs are to commercial aviation safety."

Besides the reinstated safety program with the Air Line Pilots Association, Delta said it now has programs for dispatchers and technical operations employees and safety reporting programs for flight attendants and ground employees.

Shares climbed 72 cents, or 9 percent, to $8.65 in afternoon trading.
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Delta, Northwest to consolidate gates at airports
7 February 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to stop using roughly 170 gates at airports it serves as part of the integration of its operations with Northwest Airlines, Chief Executive Richard Anderson told employees.

In a recorded message to employees late Thursday, Anderson said giving up the gates will result in millions of dollars in rental savings.

"It's exciting to see the airlines brought together and running a single operation," Anderson said.

Atlanta-based Delta acquired Northwest on Oct. 29, 2008 in a stock swap deal that created the world's biggest carrier. Delta said at the time it would take up to two years to integrate its operations with Northwest.

Among the changes customers will see are new signs with Delta's name where Northwest's used to be, new paint on Northwest airplanes and the consolidation of gates at airports in the U.S. and other countries.

At airports where Delta has been the dominant player and has more gates, such as in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., it is likely that Northwest gates would be folded into Delta gates, spokeswoman Betsy Talton said Friday. At airports where Northwest has been the dominant player and has more gates, such as in Detroit, it is likely Delta gates would be folded into Northwest gates, she said.

In either case, Delta signs will be used at the consolidated gates, Talton said.

Anderson said in his message to employees that the rebranding will continue throughout this year and into next year.
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Delta Air Lines chief gives bleak assessment of air travel demand
12 February 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - The chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines Inc. gave a bleak assessment Thursday of demand for air travel amid the enormous financial strain that many Americans have been under in recent months.

In a recorded message to employees, CEO Richard Anderson did not specifically say the world's biggest carrier plans to cut more jobs or capacity than previously announced, though he did suggest the erosion in demand that the airline has seen has been very difficult.

"Passengers, our customers, are not buying tickets at rates they were buying tickets a year ago," Anderson said. "Obviously, we wish we didn't have to decrease our capacity, but we cannot fly our airplanes around at low load factors."

Atlanta-based Delta has previously said it expected about 2,000 employees to accept the company's latest round of severance offers that were made due to its plans to reduce systemwide capacity in 2009 by 6 percent to 8 percent. The window for employees to accept the severance offers closed at midnight Wednesday.

Anderson did not say in his message late Thursday how many employees accepted the offers or how many jobs the company would ultimately cut.

He did say that Delta would work through the numbers and look at who has chosen to take the packages and align that with the airline's needs.

Anderson said Delta needs to right-size the airline based on customer demand.

"The economy is very difficult," Anderson said. "It seems every day we read about companies announcing layoffs by the thousands."

He said customers are tightening their belts, not spending as much on vacations. As a result, Anderson said Delta will need to react quickly.

"A strong, durable airline is truly the only job security for all of us," Anderson said.

The voluntary severance payout offers were made to a majority of the 75,000 employees at Delta and Northwest's mainline operations.

The program is similar to one earlier in 2008 that Delta used to trim about 4,000 jobs. Northwest Airlines previously trimmed jobs of its own before being acquired by Delta on Oct. 29.

Delta and Northwest's mainline operations include 75,000 employees. The entire company, including regional subsidiaries Comair, Mesaba and Compass, has about 85,000 employees. The 12,000 pilots of Delta and Northwest, as well as certain management and administrative employees, are not eligible for the voluntary severance programs.
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