by Max Brantley
Current and former employees of Delta Airlines in Little Rock will participate in a publicity event Wednesday as part of a national effort by the airline to avoid a takeover by US Air.
For your information, the news release is on the jump.
I wish I didn't feel this way, but, though Delta has the best worldwide connections out of Little Rock, I've avoided the airline for years. Why? Cramped cabins with some impossibly configured seats in the back of some coach sections, surly help, the worst frequent-flier program for usability and, at least in my experience, less to offer in the way of fare competition. I presume there are many with an alternate view, which you are invited to express.
That said, I agree with one thing in the news release: the more airlines in the market the better.
WHAT: Community Leaders join Delta people to oppose US Airways, hostile takeover bid and support the launch of a nationwide campaign to "Keep Delta My Delta!"
This is one of 16 such events that have been held over the past month. More events will follow in the upcoming weeks.
WHY: Community leaders are joining Delta people to express concern about the negative impact a US Airways takeover could have on Arkansas - fare increases, job losses, and fewer service choices - and voice support for maintaining industry competition.
In addition, they will be urging people to sign the e-petition on www.KeepDeltaMyDelta.org
WHERE: Little Rock National Airport
Delta Ticket Counter
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. CST, January 31, 2007
• Delta brings more than 100 direct jobs to Arkansas and has a statewide economic impact of $420 million
• The merger would mean reduced customer choice likely resulting in higher fares due to a high percentage of overlapping routes
• Mike Raine, Delta Station Manager
• Cecil Tennant, Community Leader and Retired Delta Employee
• Captain R.B. Vaughn, Delta Pilot
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Signing by attendees of a giant copy of the electronic petition to "Keep Delta My Delta!" located on www.KeepDeltaMyDelta.org.
For more information and to RSVP please respond to this e-mail or contact Blake Rutherford at (501) 772-6108. Mindful of security and parking, please arrive early.
To learn about the campaign and view the e-petition please visit www.KeepDeltaMyDelta.org.