Delta Profit Tops Estimates on Holiday Travel, Higher Fares

Jan 21, 2014 Full story: The Washington Post 7

Delta Air Lines Inc.'s fourth- quarter profit more than doubled, beating analysts' estimates, to $558 million, helped by increased holiday travel, higher fares and lower fuel costs.

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not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#1 Jan 21, 2014
Wows, dal is only a Buck away from the ESOP. Once you get rid of those greedy unions the sky is the limit.
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#2 Jan 22, 2014
not a fine wine wrote:
Wows, dal is only a Buck away from the ESOP. Once you get rid of those greedy unions the sky is the limit.
Yep, anther yr to celebrate. The highest profit in the industry, record yield,#1 on time. Pay raises, new benefits, DAL absorbed 100 million in new Health Care costs. Incredible. IAM is having a horrific time getting even close to 20% of the Flt Att to sign cards.
not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#3 Jan 22, 2014
Toad wrote:
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Yep, anther yr to celebrate. The highest profit in the industry, record yield,#1 on time. Pay raises, new benefits, DAL absorbed 100 million in new Health Care costs. Incredible. IAM is having a horrific time getting even close to 20% of the Flt Att to sign cards.
Well, there you go. No union, and your off and running. I never would of thought RA could pull it off.
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#4 Jan 22, 2014
not a fine wine wrote:
<quoted text> Well, there you go. No union, and your off and running. I never would of thought RA could pull it off.
Richard and 77000 of his closest working partners. Team effort, team wins..........the spoils to everyone @ DAL. 0% increase in HC care costs as DAL absorbed the extra 100 million. 3.4 % higher pay, 6% higher profit sharing, matching 5% of 401k. It has been a banner yr. I said it often and will conyinue to say it........Richard Anderson and his team are our version of Gordon Blethune(sp?) except triple times better. I believe this will put Richard in the industry Hall of Fame. DL/NWA merger/transition the smoothest most profitable in the history of aviation. All done durring a world wide recession. Amazing. But, I think the folks @ AA are gonna do a great job of givivng us a run for the money. The nect gig is who gets Alaska?
not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#5 Jan 23, 2014
Toad wrote:
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Richard and 77000 of his closest working partners. Team effort, team wins..........the spoils to everyone @ DAL. 0% increase in HC care costs as DAL absorbed the extra 100 million. 3.4 % higher pay, 6% higher profit sharing, matching 5% of 401k. It has been a banner yr. I said it often and will conyinue to say it........Richard Anderson and his team are our version of Gordon Blethune(sp?) except triple times better. I believe this will put Richard in the industry Hall of Fame. DL/NWA merger/transition the smoothest most profitable in the history of aviation. All done durring a world wide recession. Amazing. But, I think the folks @ AA are gonna do a great job of givivng us a run for the money. The nect gig is who gets Alaska?
Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks.?
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#7 Jan 23, 2014
not a fine wine wrote:
<quoted text> Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks.?
THX Bud !! I know its hard to believe but I really do appreciate ur response. Now its time to get back to some fun speculation. Alaska increases profit 60.7% in 2013. Thats incredible and it does mean a bidding war, a very bitter bidding war is about to begin. DAL? I dunno. Our Mgmt doesn't look as if they need that type of domestic growth. CAL/UAL? For sure for the SEA gateway. SWA? You bet as they want the dom growth and not allow anyone other AL in their backyard. AA..........well, you have 3 AL's under one roof w/ 3 different names and I just don't think they could pull it off. Would Alaska want Jet Blu? Hmmmmmmmmm
not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#9 Jan 23, 2014
Toad wrote:
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THX Bud !! I know its hard to believe but I really do appreciate ur response. Now its time to get back to some fun speculation. Alaska increases profit 60.7% in 2013. Thats incredible and it does mean a bidding war, a very bitter bidding war is about to begin. DAL? I dunno. Our Mgmt doesn't look as if they need that type of domestic growth. CAL/UAL? For sure for the SEA gateway. SWA? You bet as they want the dom growth and not allow anyone other AL in their backyard. AA..........well, you have 3 AL's under one roof w/ 3 different names and I just don't think they could pull it off. Would Alaska want Jet Blu? Hmmmmmmmmm
Yes, it's down two three. Ubetjah things are gonna heat up. AA's got a good chance at winning this. Not sure if US Air's top dog can pull it off. As for Alaska buying JetBlue... JetBlue is one of my favorites'... I contracted line maintenance for many feeder airlines...and JetBlue's Maintenance Control was the best ! After thirty years of working aircraft... you know when the guy on the other end of the phone knows his stuff ! Many of these airline MC boys have never worked the aircraft... they're only good with the MM and the signoff. Paperwork is important, but no QA dudes have ever fixed anything other than the signoff. As a mechanic... releasing aircraft for flight / inspector..., I much prefer talking with the mechanic doing the job / signing for it, over the Chief Inspector worried about the verbiage. When it comes to inspection, there are two kinds of inspectors. The ones who want too know the job's done right, and the ones who want the paperwork to protect them!
To date, the best maintenance teams I've worked with have been The old Northwest, and JetBlue.

I don't know much about Delta's maintenance, but that is my choice. I just couldn't cross a picket line. Don't get me wrong... I am not pro union or pro company. That would be like picking the political party that's going to treat you best. They both use you one way or the other. However, crossing a picket line is akin too surrendering without honor. Locking employees out or calling a strike, however you see it, is the ultimate power play. And if you can't back, you got no business doing either!

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