Delta president Edward Bastian, speaking at a conference in the US yesterday, confirmed that the Atlanta-based airline is set to reduce its debt by $7 billion over a three-year period. Fuel costs remain at the top of the worry list but Delta will battle this through increased fares, capacity and fleet efficiencies. The latter, Bastian will say, can be managed by the acceleration of aircraft retirement, trimming capacity and saving on fuel all at once. It will include cutting the MD and 757 fleets down and also raises questions over the substantial CRJ fleet run though Comair/Skywest. As of December

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