It seems that there’s an escalating war between the two largest airlines in the world with trash-talking from the executives of both teams. According to Airlne Weekly, American and Delta (who both saw success in 2015 with vastly different approaches), have turned their wrath on each other.
Executives made no mention of American’s longtime rival in Chicago, United. Nor did they talk much about low-cost carriers. Instead, they ripped Delta for losing billions of dollars from fuel hedging. They acknowledged Delta’s operational superiority but downplayed its extent. They noted how American’s pilots earn 7% more per hour than Delta’s pilots. They scoffed at Delta’s reliance on profit sharing to compensate workers. They alluded to Delta’s eventual need to spend heavily on fleet modernization, a process well underway at American. And they attributed Delta’s stronger underlying profits at the moment, excluding fuel hedges, to the simple fact that seven years have passed since the Delta-Northwest merger—it’s been just two since American merged with US Airways, implying lots of unharvested synergies yet to come.
Don’t worry about Delta though. They’ve always had plenty to say about their rivals and have ” become the industry’s preeminent trash-talker.”
Check out the fun read here to see why this war is about more than just talk.