This week’s Airline Weekly (subscription only) interviews Delta CEO Ed Bastian. Delta doesn’t order new Boeing aircraft, but argues that foreign competition is bad for US jobs.
Despite a path towards declaring victory and going home in their fight against Gulf airline rivals, Bastian pushes back on criticisms over Delta’s purchase of subsidized Bombardier C-series jets by calling out Boeing for their willingness to sell planes to the Gulf carriers.
Boeing, which has lobbied the trade case against Bombardier, is the principal arms dealer to the Middle Eastern carriers, to these subsidized carriers….
Emirates Boeing 777
Bastian’s predecessor, who began the campaign for protectionism against Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar, wrapped the cause in 9/11 despite partnering with Saudia, an airline backed by a government that was at a minimum complicit in the 9/11 attacks.
“It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian peninsula talk about that given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11 which came from terrorists from the Arabian peninsula that caused us to go through a massive restructuring.”
Delta has continued to employ racist rhetoric in their campaign for the US government to hand their shareholders greater profits at the expense of consumers.
And now he calls out Boeing’s commercial aircraft division as an ‘arms dealer’ selling weapons to Qatar, Emirates and Etihad. Wow.