Ed Bastian, who will become chief executive of Delta Air Lines on May 2, said he sees more opportunities for the airline when he steps into the shoes of departing CEO Richard Anderson.
Delta characterized the succession plan as long-planned.
“Nine years is a long time in this job, especially given that he was CEO of Northwest before that,” Bastian said of Anderson’s retirement. “It’s a tough job, there are a lot of demands on the job, and hats off to him to have the endurance to go through it for that extended period of time.”
Bastian said Anderson “made a personal decision that he was not going to spend his entire life as CEO, and he wanted to add more color to his world.”