On May 12 1997 Delta Air Lines CEO Ron Allen announced his resignation after ten years at the helm and 34 years at the airline. At the time the news seems to have been met with some shock especially as the airline refused to say why exactly he decided to leave.
The surprise was partly because the airline was firmly in the black by 1997 recording profits of around $900 million for the year which itself followed a record $662 million profit in 1996, whilst its stock was up 17% within a year. In retrospect however Allen's departure seems less of a surprise.
BA 757s were so common at Heathrow that it was hard to imagine that they would ever disappear. The 757 looked great in the Negus and Landor schemes but the low blue bottom never seemed to suit the 97 colours and the black nose ring most BA 757s had made them look worse. BA should have really curved off the blue belly like Delta did with the 2001 scheme - that would have preserved the beauty of the 757.
Anyway British Airways was launch customer for the Boeing 757 and went on to operate over 50 of the type on their European and Shuttle services, replacing their Tridents.
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