Delta Airlines, like many other airlines, has had their fair share of financial hardship. The nation’s third largest carrier has seen record losses in the past few years, forcing them to file for bankruptcy protection in the state of New York last September. With fast-rising fuel costs, ongoing threats of walkouts by pilots, and the low air fares offered by other carriers, Delta has had to take drastic measures just to stay operational.
With their long list of award-winning failures, Delta has shown the world how not to run an airline. Facing such financial hardship, the airline has way too often thrown caution to the wind. Launching such bad ideas as, “Delta Express,” “Comair,” and my personal favorite,”Song.” With shareholders and the general public scratching their heads, nobody seems to know where this once great airline is going. CEO Gerald Grinstein likened their present situation to, “Placing your forehead to the butt end of a baseball bat, spinning around it about twenty times, and then running in any direction”. I think what Mr. Grinstein is telling us is that our guess is as good as his.
With all this in mind, Delta has once again shocked the world when yesterday they announced their plans to fold space. “Delta Inter-Stellar,” the brainchild of present CEO Gerald Grinstein, will be the first airline to push the limits of quantum physics. Setting out to make the impossible possible, Grinstein and a handful of Florida State University physicists hope to pave the new celestial highway. By applying the, “Superstring Theory,” the group plans to retro-fit Delta’s excisting fleet of aircraft with Alcubierre warp drives. The details of how they will surround the aircraft with the enormous amounts of negative energy or “Anti-matter” required to form the wormhole itself has yet to be determined, but they hope to have a plan together by early fall.
It would seem that with the huge price tag that comes with celestial travel, Delta would try instead to stay at home and fix what has already been broken, but “nobody ever changed the world by following all the rules,” said Grinstein. He added, “This will be the legacy I leave.” With the price of warp drives and anti-matter being out of this world the idea seems impracticle, but Grinstein believes that a market exists for people who want to get “There” right now. The opportunity for Delta to take the theoretical and make it practicle is all too alluring to them. The idea that once again Delta has an golden opportunity to use up what resources it still has for one more shot in the dark is just too good for them to pass up on. Maybe ruin and disaster caused by a series of bad decisions will be the real legacy that Gerald Grinstein will leave us. Let us hope not.