airbazar wrote:enilria wrote:T773ER wrote:Delta is hosting a employee rally May 24th in Atlanta with Ed Bastian Stating there will be some announcements at the event, so perhaps we'll find out then...bfitzflyer wrote:Interesting article, although nothing specific. Seems like India NS from US might happen.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/14/delta-m ... yptr=yahoo
Absolutely nothing changed with the economics of any route as a result of the agreement with the UAE. Just read the agreement. Either these routes were good before and are good now, or the reverse. Feeding the Jet hubs makes sense, but the deal with Jet is unrelated to the deal with UAE or Qatar as they could have done that deal or a similar deal with another Indian carrier at any point.
I'll go even further and say that calling a "deal" is overreaching. Absolutely nothing changed other than the ME3 promising to open up the books even more than they had already done, which basically means DL and the rest of the U.S. carriers will have absolutely no reason to cry for when they find out that EK was never getting any subsidies. Then what? EK and the ME3 can still start any 5th freedom routes if they chose to do so.
Only Etihad promised to additionally open their books and EY is already basically out of the game. I expect they will eventually merge with EK. EK is not changing their current audit regimen as it already conformed.
You can see that Delta is already positioning itself to claim any new 5th Freedom routes are a violation of the deal, when the deal clearly does not say that. If EK were super-smart about this, they would wait till DL starts a route to feed Jet Airways and then announce another 5th Freedom route. Then Delta will apparently be forced to drop the newly added route because of the severe impact on India routes caused my EK adding a flight between Europe and the USA.