Delta Air Lines 1.2 Billion profit in 2011. What stood out to me? Aircraft maintenance!

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Have you had a chance to read over the new press release from Delta Air Lines about earnings for 2011? Did anything stand out to you? One thing did for me. Look at the part highlighted below:

This one line does not tell the whole story of where the cost savings came from. But it made think back to this Frontline piece about outsourcing aircraft maintenance:

Delta aircraft are aging fast. The new seat improvements are great and it does bring “new life” to the older planes since the average age is now 15+ years according to the Delta web site. Some 767 & MD’s are over 20+ year old now.

But these kinds of improvements are not the same as new planes. With an older fleet maintenance should be a priority I would think. Can Delta make it a priority and also save money? As we see in the report Delta is saving money and the stock price was up over 6% yesterday. Time will tell if this is a good choice or not.

What do you all think?  Do you ever worry about maintenance? I would love to hear what you think about this! – René

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  1. I had to chime in and I am NOT a DL employee. Simply because outside repairs costs reduced doesn’t only mean DL is cutting corners.
    It can also mean DL got efficient in their maintenance and do not require as much outside maintenance as they used to. Look up how airlines are reducing costs on maintenance (not the junk low cost airlines)

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