In 2015, Delta felt pretty good about itself. The factory went pretty well while American and especially United had to fight. Delta looked at its interline agreements with both airlines and thought it had the upper hand. He decided to use his leverage and get more money out of the other two. It worked for United, who had to give in to Delta`s demands. But American? Not so much. Since American`s operational safety has improved in 2 1/2 years, the basis of the agreement itself has changed, regardless. AA still receives 80% more pocket claims than DL, even in its own facility. Although it has been improved, this is not Apple`s operation. Delta and American Airlines (including US Airways) will no longer have online ticketing and baggage agreements as of September 15. The agreement provided, inter alia, for the possibility for airlines to reassign their own customers to other airlines in the event of irregular operations (IROPs). Line-spacing agreements are a turning point. For example, it may be possible for American Airlines to issue the ticket on an American United route, but United may not be able to be on the same route.
Such an interline unilateral agreement is called an interlateral line. Airlines may also agree to conclude a bilateral interline agreement in which each airline can issue the ticket to the other airline. It`s been more than two years since Delta effectively ended its interline agreement with American. Now, after several painful operational turmoils, Delta has finally agreed to revive the most important parts of this agreement. If Delta has problems in the future and passengers need to bet on U.S. flights, it can do it again. The opposite is true. Considering how long since the deal was scaled back and how long ago recovery talks began, it doesn`t seem easy for Delta to admit it was necessary. But it`s in the best interest of Delta`s customers, so we should celebrate that the airline has finally done the right thing. Delta just announced the second best operating margin in the industry for the last quarter behind WN and DL`s margins are closer to WN than AA and UA. DL makes decisions not on the basis of emotions or pride, but on hard data. Given that Delta now has almost the best bag handling statistics among all U.S.
carriers, it is highly unlikely that they will reintroduce this agreement unless the baggage issue has been resolved. No airline wants to end up getting into the luts of a baggage shed, and I doubt that Delta would have agreed to a revised agreement if there hadn`t been certain guarantees in the agreement regarding somewhat equal participation in the agreement on both sides and similar levels of luggage stores. . . .