Research Update: Delta Air Lines Inc. Corporate Credit Rating Raised To 'BB-' And Off Watch Positive; Outlook Stable Dec 13
- Language: English
- Published: December 2013
On July 8, 2003, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its ratings on Delta Air Lines Inc. (BB-/Negative/--) and removed them from CreditWatch, where they were placed on March 18, 2003. The ratings were lowered to current levels on March 28. The outlook is negative. The ratings on Delta, the third-largest airline in the world, reflect financial damage from substantial losses over the past two years and a heavy debt and lease burden, but benefit from a solid market position in the U.S. domestic and trans-Atlantic markets and the work rule flexibility and productivity made possible by a mostly nonunion work force. A gradually improving airline environment, substantial cost-cutting initiatives, and adequate liquidity should enable the company to improve its...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Delta Air Lines Inc.
Action: Affirmed, Off CreditWatch
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Delta Air Lines Inc.