For nearly 20 years, Delta Air Lines touted, “Delta is ready when you are.”
The question on the minds of travelers and Delta employees alike on Thursday was, “Is Delta ready to buy rival American?”
Wall Street thinks so. Delta’s shares got a boost Thursday from the buzz. But Delta isn’t talking, at least publicly, and nor is AMR, the parent of Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines.
Atlanta-based Delta already faces more competition from Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, which acquired AirtTran Airways last year and gained a foothold into Delta’s backyard at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the busiest in the country. Delta is the largest carrier serving Hartsfield-Jackson, and Southwest will replace AirTran as Delta’s chief rival in Atlanta. Southwest is expected to launch 15 daily flights from Hartsfield-Jackson to five cities beginning next month
Do you think a Delta-American merger will be a plus for travelers? Will further consolidation mean higher fares, more flight delays and lost baggage? Will pilots, flight attendants and other employees of Delta welcome such a merger?