Delta’s Bad Week in the News

Madhu Unnikrishnan
April 1st, 2021 at 11:16 AM EDT

Georgia’s controversial new elections law caused a public relations nightmare for Delta Air Lines and its CEO Ed Bastian, whose first, tepid comment on the law caused immense blowback and calls to boycott the airline. Bastian reversed course and issued a more forceful condemnation, inviting Governor Brian Kemp’s fury. Airline Weekly’s Madhu Unnikrishnan and Edward “Ned” Russell discuss the perils that lie in wait for companies when they weigh in on thorny social issues and why CEOs increasingly feel compelled to have an opinion on social and political matters.

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Google Podcasts | Amazon | RSS
Madhu Unnikrishnan
April 1st, 2021 at 11:16 AM EDT

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian (left) speaks to Skift Airline Weekly Editor Madhu Unnikrishnan at the Skift Global Forum 2019. 

Up Next

1
Asia-Pacific

Why is Korean Air so Profitable? 

In part one, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat discuss the factors delivering consistently strong results for Korean Air. In part two, we reveal the global airlines that were the most…
2
North America

What’s Going on at Southwest Airlines?

In part one, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat discuss a fascinating week at Southwest, as the low-cost carrier navigates the challenges of a very vocal new activist investor. In part…
3
Interviews

Captain Theresa Claiborne Interview

Captain Theresa Claiborne was the first black female pilot in the United States Air Force and joined United Airlines as its second-ever black female pilot. Last month, she retired from…
4

American Airlines and Southeast Asia

In part one of this week's specially extended episode, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat discuss a dramatic few days at American Airlines. In part two, attention turns to Southeast Asia…
5
Low-Cost Airlines

Ryanair and U.S. Summer Trends

In part one of this Airline Weekly Lounge podcast, Gordon Smith and Jay Shabat discuss the latest earnings from low-cost giant Ryanair. In part two, our focus turns to the…