Origin: 1970–75, Americanism Collins World English Dictionary
Definition: to reduce the operating costs of a company by reducing the number of people it employs
So the word behind the scenes with Comair ASA et al is beginning this year Delta is planning on eliminating the CRJ 100 & 200 from the fleet (about time when you look at this plane in SBN). If you are over 6’ and prefer not to pink tag your laptop bag you are likely jumping for joy at the thought of the smallest commuter aircraft becoming a CRJ700, but there are some other aspects of this to consider.
First, obviously, it means there will be fewer flight options as with larger aircraft making the flights, there will be more capacity on each flight so that allows Delta to reduce the overall number of flights it offers. Overall it will amount to a 2-3% reduction in seat capacity for 2012, according to this Washington Post with Bloomberg article. This may mean you have to go earlier and layover longer in order to make your connections work. Then there’s the consideration of bumportunities which should increase with overall capacity reductions (but don’t forget about the voucher rule change).
Second, it will mean layoffs of both pilots and FA’s. We’re all too familiar with this scenario by now, aren’t we? Job loss due to downsizing. We can only hope that Delta will keep the best and let go the rest, but seniority doesn’t always work that way, does it? Plus seniority plays a big part. I hope many of the surly and upset ex-NWA FA’s go and some of the outstanding regional FA’s have a chance to take their place!
So while you enjoy the slightly larger overhead storage space on those bigger CRJ’s, remember that Delta implemented these changes for the main reason they fly ( and it ain’t about us ) it is all about profitability! – René