Delta Air Lines flight disruptions and staff shortages are severely impacting not just the passengers’ travel plans but employee morale too. Delta pilots have detailed their frustrations in not one but two letters recently, one to the board of directions and the other addressed to the customers.
Delta Air Lines pilots voiced their struggles and frustrations in a letter to the carrier’s board of directors earlier this month, explaining their waning confidence in the management to contain the present operational chaos. Written by Delta MEC, the unit of the Air Line Pilots Association that represents Delta’s 13,800 pilots, the letter states,
“We have lost confidence in Delta Flight Operations, Crew Resources and Flight Training and Standards; and we are concerned for the long-term health of Delta Air Lines. Delta’s operational reliability and outstanding reputation is suffering … As the economy continues to recover, we question the trajectory of our airline and are very concerned about the integrity and safety of our operation.”
This was written a day before Delta’s pilots picketed outside of a June 16 shareholders meeting to call for flight reduction according to the number of pilots it currently employs.
In a separate open letter to customers, the pilots have explained their challenging working hours in the face of severe staff shortage. They also said…