Dozens of Delta employees visited Congressional offices this month asking senators to protect their jobs by urging the U.S. government to open consultations with Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
The issue? The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies disclosed in January information revealing massive government subsidies - $42 billion - being funneled to these countries’ state-owned airlines, which violate Open Skies agreements.
Delta people with US Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga (center)
So frontline employees got to work, flying to Washington to meet with congressional members and staffers to press the case that Gulf carriers are benefiting from an unfair playing field at the expense of Delta and other U.S. airlines.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at what Delta people did:
60: Cross-divisional employees representing Delta flight attendants, above- and below-wing Customer Service agents and Cargo agents.
10: Stations represented by employees at the first of three fly-ins (Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago-Midway, Minneapolis, New York , Chicago-O'Hare, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City)
More than 200: Congressional offices being visited by front-line Delta employees over three two-day fly-ins.
11: Average number of meetings on the Hill each individual employee attended.
262: Congressional representatives who signed a bi-partisan letter already submitted to Secretary of State John Kerry and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging them to open consultations with the governments of Qatar and UAE.
30: Major city mayors who submitted a letter to U.S. Secretaries of Transportation, Commerce and State Departments urging the U.S. to open consultations with the governments of Qatar and UAE.
There's no word on when or if the U.S. government will take action.