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I pay close attention to Delta because of the fact I fly them and appreciate good service. But also because I collect miles in their Sky
Pesos Miles Currency. So I found it interesting when I saw a report that they had tripled their First Quarter Net Profit during the year they rolled out revenue based mile earning. And in the mean time they announced a 3 percent international reduction is capacity.
First, Delta’s tripling of net profit is impressive (reported Air Transport World). And no doubt sends signals to their competitors. If you were holding out on flying Delta during the 1st quarter of 2015 to protest their move to a revenue based earning program, it doesn’t look like they cared. Delta’s Net Profit tripled from $213 million in 2014 to $746 million in 2015. Just an impressive quarter for them. Hard to argue with numbers.
Second, Delta announced a reduction in international capacity which amounts to about 3% of traffic. An interesting take away from the reductions is the suspension of service to Moscow from the U.S. leaving no direct U.S. to Moscow flights by a U.S. carrier. This makes sense and appears Delta is getting ahead of the competition with more cuts than American’s ~1% cut and no announced United cut.
I had a great quarter flying with Delta. My on time performance with Delta has been exceptional and service is always top notch. Have you held back on your travel with Delta this year due to any changes or do you continue to fly (or not fly) Delta as usual?
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