The chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines has offered a bleak assessment of demand for air travel.
In a recorded message to employees, CEO Richard Anderson did not specifically say the world's biggest carrier plans to cut more jobs or capacity than previously announced. But he did suggest the erosion in demand that the airline has seen has been very difficult. Atlanta-based Delta has previously said it expected about 2,000 employees to accept the company's latest round of severance offers related to its plans to reduce systemwide capacity in 2009 by 6 percent to 8 percent. The window for employees to accept the severance offers closed at midnight Wednesday. Anderson did not say in his message late Thursday how many employees accepted the offers or how many jobs the company would cut.
He did say that Delta would work through the numbers and look at who has chosen to take the packages and align that with the airline's needs.