I just flew on a Delta Airlines Government Subsidized Flight!
Over the past couple of years, the Middle East airlines (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar) have received a lot of bad press. There has been a big push from the big three American carriers (United, American and especially Delta) to create a nationalist fervor to fly American and Buy American.
Delta Airlines is leading the charge in this battle, with the premise that these Big 3 carriers are only in existence because of massive government subsidies. If there was a level playing field, airlines like their would not exist. In reality, the US Airlines are making money hand over fist. Instead of reinvesting in their airlines to create better experiences for the passengers, they engage in stock buybacks and hoard the money to create a better shareholder experience (read – increase stock price).
A short while ago we wrote about how we visited the Cedar City airport in Utah, which for all intents and purposes is run by Delta and funded by the government.
Delta (Skywest) operated a CRJ-200 plane that seats about 50 people on this flight. On today’s flight it was half empty.
The US Government subsidized this flight, but I don’t know to how much. I’d truly be interested to find out how much Uncle Sam threw into this one. Our one-way flight from CDC-SEA was only $119. While I know that a bunch of people were connecting to other locations, that seemed like a really cheap ticket.
Oh, small town flight attendants…
For a little bit of levity and humor, the flight attendant decided to come on board to let us know about connecting gate information:
“For those of you traveling to LAX, Los Angeles, your gate is C2. I don’t know where GEG is, maybe Georgetown? That’s at D3. Seattle, SEA, gate C4. YYC, I’m guessing that’s somewhere in Canada? If you know what YYC is then you’re sure where you’re going. I’m not, but it’s at gate E3.”
She also went through something similar for PIH (Pocatello), SJC (San Jose, CA) and most surprisingly LAS. Yes, she didn’t even know the airport code for Las Vegas.