Delta works hard to remain independent
Date: November 17, 2007 01:58AM
Last year about this time....
We were getting ready for our flights to Pasadena California for the big New Years Day parade. Eric is a saxophone player in the DB High School Band.
It was his first year and we had been planning this trip for over a year.
The first leg of the trip was 8 coach buses from Kingsport to Atlanta to the airport to catch Delta Jets.
Delta was in the midst of their Campaign called "Keep Delta My Delta".
Most of you already know, but for those who don't, that was when USAirways was in the planning stages of trying to buy Delta.
The first thing we saw at the ticket counter in Atlanta was the huge signs asking to Keep Delta the way it was.
I can relate as I can imagine most of you can to that heartfelt sentiment.
There was a time when we would have liked to have had signs that said "Keep Piedmont Our Piedmont".
But we never had the chance.
We didn't know what was going on behind our backs.
By the time we did, it was too late.
So, I supported in theory what Delta people were trying to do last year.
Our flights on Delta were great. The landing in Ontario Ca was a little bumpy due to Santa Ana winds, alot of pitch and roll, but the landing was so perfect after it settled, that I thanked the Captain and complimented him on the landing.
A year later, here we are, reading the news which now states that United has eyes for Delta.
I don't know how much of that it true and how much of it is pure media speculation...
But I would be very disappointed if Delta, after all the hype and concern over last years merger attempt, ever allowed for Delta to be anything else besides Delta.
I do not like mergers. Never have really.
If they are going to happen, I live with them, but it would be nice if we had three or four airlines or more in this country that never changed names and always remained focused on the passengers and not so much on Wallstreet and stocks.