Delta CEO on Donald Trump’s wall: ‘We’re going to fly over that damn thing’

  • Jim Galloway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
3:52 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Nation World

In May, Delta Air Lines began a joint venture with Aeromexico. The latter gets connections to Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

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Delta gets greater access to Mexico through Aeromexico hubs in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The U.S. airline now has a 49 percent stake in Aeromexico. Delta CEO Ed Bastian sits on Aeromexico’s board.

With that investment come certain opinions

“We truly look at Aeromexico as an extension of Delta,” Bastian said Monday in a speech to annual convention of the Hispanic Corporate Council of Atlanta event held at the Delta Flight Museum, according to Global Atlanta reporter Trevor Williams. “I don’t know what they’re going to do with the wall they keep talking about, but we’re going to fly over that damn thing, whatever it is. We’re not going to let a little wall get in the way of progress and taking care of people.”

Bastian didn’t mention the name of President Donald Trump, the Global Atlanta report noted. But the Delta CEO also added this:

“There’s a lot of anxiety, a lot of fear that cuts into the heart of who we are as a society. It’s caused a lot of people to wonder what’s going on and where are we going,” he said.

The remarks don’t come in a vacuum. Consider this Monday report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Kelly Yamanouchi:

“Delta Air Lines is caught in the cross-hairs of a Trump administration ‘Buy American’ fight against the carrier’s deal to buy jets from a Canadian aircraft manufacturer (Bombardier).

“Atlanta-based Delta negotiated low prices to purchase 75 Bombardier jets along with options for 50 more aircraft. That move prompted rival Boeing to allege that Bombardier was getting illegal subsidies and dumping its product into the U.S. market.

After slapping Bombardier with a proposed duty of nearly 220 percent, the Trump administration has turned up the heat by adding an anti-dumping duty of nearly 80 percent.

Read more at Delta, AJC and Global Atlanta.

Delta Air Lines Inc President Edward Bastian attend a press conference on November 18, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The world's biggest airline offered 1 billion U.S. dollars to rescue a struggling Japan Airline Corporation. (Photo by Sankei/Getty Images)
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