Following approval in December to establish a joint cooperation agreement (JCA), Delta and Aeroméxico announced two leadership changes as the airlines prepare to establish the largest transborder alliance between Mexico and the United States, expand competition and benefit customers of both airlines.Mike Medeiros will become Chief Operating Officer at Aeromexico, reporting directly to Aeromexico CEO Andres Conesa. Since joining Delta in 1988, Mike has held key operational, commercial and corporate support roles across the airline. In addition to his leadership as Vice President – Seattle, where he helped establish Delta as the city’s largest global carrier, Mike gained operational expertise in his previous role as Vice President – New York Operations, based at JFK. Under his leadership, Delta grew flights at JFK by more than 300 percent, garnered significant operational improvements and relocated to Terminal 4. Prior to JFK, Mike was Director – Airport Customer Service East. Nicolas Ferri, currently Delta Vice President – Latin America and the Caribbean, will relocate to Mexico City as Vice President – Mexico and Aeromexico/Delta Joint Business, reporting to Delta President – International Steve Sear. In this role, Nicolas will have oversight of Delta’s commercial activity in Mexico and will oversee execution of the joint commercial agreement based on the ‘best in each of us’ principle, driving innovation and speed to the newly created business at each carrier. During his six years with Delta, Nicolas has been based in Atlanta and Sao Paulo and has led Delta’s transformation in the region. He has a strong track record in the commercial and alliance worlds and is well positioned to ensure the JCA is best in class.
“These strategic moves are critical to our deepening partnership with Aeromexico and to helping both airlines realize synergies across our operations and commercial entities,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian in a memo to all employees. “These leadership moves continue our history as a leader in forging strong cross-border alliances. This approach is built on a commitment to establishing deep relationships that foster knowledge and skill sharing with our partner airlines.
New officers for Delta in Seattle and for the rest of Latin America will be announced soon.
Delta remains committed to the Seattle market. The airline will add flights to seven new destinations from Seattle this year and expand service to existing destinations from Seattle. The airline will operate a second daily flight to Boston and Orlando, an eighth daily flight to Portland as well as a fifth daily flight to San Diego. Several flights to San Francisco and Denver will be upgraded to larger mainline aircraft. With these additions, Delta will offer 160 peak-day flights to 49 destinations – including 16 of the top 20 destinations – from its Seattle this summer.
Delta continues to grow in Latin America through its long-term exclusive alliances with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Aeromexico and Aerolíneas Argentinas, and is committed to building a solid regional footprint to enhance its global network and offer its customers the best overall experience. Delta provides service to 33 countries and 55 destinations in the region, offering more than 1,900 weekly flights between the U.S. and Latin America/the Caribbean.