Friday, July 07, 2017

We Want to Fly to India, Mideast - Enforce Trade Deals and We Will, Delta CEO Says

Delta Air Lines (DAL) would resume flights to India and the Middle East if the U.S. were to successfully restrain the growth of the Middle East carriers, says CEO Ed Bastian said.

"When we win this fight, we're going to go back to India," Bastian said during a 15-minute movie intended to explain Delta's involvement in the conflict to employees and posted recently on its web site.

"We're going to go back to be able to fly back to the Middle East," Bastian said. "We're going to be able to add jobs, lots of jobs. We are going to be able to add new longhaul airplanes to support that growth. And that's just the start."

In February 2016, Delta ended its Atlanta-Doha flight, saying it could not compete with subsidized service to multiple U.S. hubs by Mideast carriers. In May, Qatar Airways began Doha-Atlanta service.

As for India, Delta ended Amsterdam-Mumbai service in March 2015. Today, United is the only U.S. carrier serving India, with flights from Newark to Mumbai and New Delhi.
06/07/17 The Street