From Planes to Trains, Former Delta CEO Now Leading Amtrak

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From Planes to Trains, Amtrak has announced their newest CEO, who happens to be former Delta Air Lines CEO, Richard Anderson. There’s a lot of room for improvement at Amtrak, so I can’t say I’m that surprised by their choice. One the biggest challenges is the repairs that are needed at Penn Station in New York City.

Anderson has over 25 years of experience with the airlines including leading the merger of Northwest and Delta, as well as during the recession.


Amtrak on Monday named a former Delta Air Lines chief executive as its next president and CEO as the U.S. passenger rail carrier makes major repairs at its busiest U.S. hub.

Richard Anderson, who spearheaded Delta’s growth into the world’s largest airline by market value when he retired in May 2016, will assume the title of president and co-CEO on July 12 and take over the CEO role exclusively on Jan. 1.

It’s still unclear on why exactly he left Delta, whether he was forced out or chose to leave. Nonetheless, during his tenure at Delta he made significant improvements and was well admired by their employees.

With this new Amtrak leadership, I’m excited to see what changes will be coming to the railroad down the road.

Is anyone else optimist about onboard product improvements that could come to Amtrak? Feel free to comment below!

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  1. I haven’t felt the same about Delta since Richard Anderson left: he gave me my first diamond and “1M” and when I was traveling in really far away-feeling places, I would get on the plane, hear his voice and feel comforted I was on my way home.

    It will take me a lot longer to commute between New York and Seattle by train, but if Richard Anderson is running the show, it be worth it. I will look forward to riding Amtrak again!

    p.s. I don’t want to take away from RA’s glory here, but the Delta move to cut funding for public theatre in New York has me seriously considering the UAL transfer of all miles and status

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