Delta CEO: Ending NRA discount was attempt to be neutral

The Georgia tax bill pulls a jet-fuel exemption for Delta, valued at $50 million.

The airlines confirmed to USA Today they've sold just 13 NRA-discounted tickets, meaning each ticket has now cost the airline roughly $3 million in tax credits.

"Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program", the Atlanta-based airline said in a statement.

Later that day, Deal announced he would sign the bill despite the committee's decision.

The Georgia tax bill is not the first move by state lawmakers that won't play well at Amazon.

"We had to send a message", state Sen.

Nathan Deal said in his office at the Capitol Wednesday he will sign House Bill 918 whether it includes a jet fuel tax break for Delta or not because it's his elected duty to do what is right for all Georgians. Bastian applauded the governor in his memo to Delta staff, calling him a "great friend" to the company.

"As I am sure you are well aware, Connecticut is a state where we've put partisanship aside, and passed common sense gun laws", said Malloy, referring to legislation passed after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Delta is among numerous companies, including banks, insurance providers and rental vehicle companies, that moved to end deals with the NRA after the gun group's furious response to demands for stronger laws after the February 14 massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Republican-controlled Georgia legislature's decision to punish Delta constitutes "the most stinging punishment that America's pro-gun forces have leveled so far" against corporations that have distanced themselves from the NRA, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The NRA and conservatives in the Georgia legislature argued the change represented punishment for people who cherish the 2nd Amendment. That's a small cost for the nation's second-largest carrier, which paid $5.7 billion for jet fuel and related taxes previous year and had revenue of more than $41 billion.

"Our decision was not made for economic gain and our values are not for sale", Bastian wrote in the memo.

The battle between Delta and the state of Georgia is being waged in the wake of a wave of activism following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida in March of 2018. Delta ended a discount it had offered to NRA members flying to their annual meeting. "That is not the case". Until it was removed, the amendment would have renewed a jet fuel tax exemption taken off the books in 2015. But given this punitive measure by Republicans in the Georgia State House, it has given an opening to other civic leaders to make overtures that one of the world's largest airlines should relocate to their cities and states.

"Atlanta is what it is because of that airline hub", Kaplan said.

  • Jacqueline Ellis