Delta vice president of marketing Tim Mapes said earlier this year that there were “contracts in place with each of the two entities that have got to be addressed. . . . There definitely will be financial considerations that we will be taking into account.”
Delta President Ed Bastian, a former Pepsi executive, said in an interview last year, “It’ll be Coke. That’s not a hard one.”
Delta and Coca-Cola have close ties as corporate forces in the city. Coca-Cola board member Ron Allen is a former chairman, president and chief executive of Delta.
Back in 1993, Northwest became the first major airline to offer passengers a choice between Coke and Pepsi, after Pepsi persuaded it to make the move. Coca-Cola was the exclusive soft-drink provider for seven of the 10 largest U.S. airlines. Pepsi was the exclusive provider on one, Northwest. American is supplied by both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Alaska Airlines carries beverages by Jones Soda.