Qatar Airways’ CEO, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, is the most prolific guy in the airline industry. He’s never afraid to share how he feels, whether it’s about his airline’s work practices…
But if there’s one topic Al Baker is passionate about, it’s how horrible of a person Delta’s CEO is. Al Baker has gone so far as to call Richard Anderson weak, unpatriotic, and unethical.
Anyway, as some may recall, last month Richard Anderson made the claim that Delta was being offered used 777s for $10 million. This surprised investors and just about the entire industry, since that’s a huge departure from the list price of ~$170 million for a new 777.
Anderson sees a big bubble in the used market for 777s soon, which Delta seems keen on taking advantage of. That’s potentially pretty smart, given that the 777 is fairly efficient, and with the low cost of fuel they’re much better off buying a 10 year old 777 for $10 million than a marginally more fuel efficient plane for $150+ million.
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Al Baker has opinions on these statements. I just stumbled upon a video from earlier in the month of him chiming in about Anderson’s remarks, and suffice to say he has no shortage of thoughts on the situation:
I’m not sure what I love most:
- The grin of the guy standing next to him for the entire time Al Baker is talking
- Al Baker’s typical $hit grin right at the end, which he seems to have every time he has a strong opinion on something
- That he’s shaming Richard Anderson for making record profits (in this part of the world that means he’s doing his job correctly, Akbar!)
- Akbar saying he doesn’t want to comment about Anderson’s dubious remarks… after commenting on them for 45 seconds
Goodness, I love Al Baker! Please let the “historic moment in American aviation” be a debate between Al Baker and Anderson… I’d redeem all my SkyMiles to see that!