Delta restructures cargo operations

Delta Air Lines’ decision to “restructure” its cargo division and eliminate the post of chief cargo officer following the retirement of Tony Charaf, senior vice president and chief cargo officer effective 1 August after 18 years with the company, has fuelled speculation that cargo is getting a downgrade within the airline.


Delta restructures cargo operations


Delta Air Lines’ decision to “restructure” its cargo division and eliminate the post of chief cargo officer following the retirement of Tony Charaf, senior vice president and chief cargo officer effective 1 August after 18 years with the company, has fuelled speculation that cargo is getting a downgrade within the airline.

Under the restructuring, Cargo Sales will become part of the Global Sales team, and Cargo Operations will be aligned with Airport Customer Service, according to a Delta news release. “With this new structure, Delta Cargo remains a highly valued part of our business, and these changes will provide each group with the resources they need to meet our cargo-related goals,” Ed Bastian, Delta’s president, said.

Delta’s existing cargo business, which has evolved out of its 2008 merger with the former Northwest Airlines, has struggled to make significant headway – albeit during a period of significant turbulence in the air cargo markets – with its 2013 cargo revenue of US$937 million down five per cent from 2012 levels. Firstquarter cargo revenue was off nine per cent from prior-year levels.