A Delta the pilot sued the airline for $ 1 billion, accusing it of stealing a trade secret over a communications application he developed a few years ago. According to Bloomberg, Captain Craig Alexander gave the company the QrewLive app, which he allegedly developed with $ 100,000, to the company as a way for the crew to communicate easily in the event of disrupted flights. However, Delta rejected it, and then launched, as he says, an identical tool a few years later.
Alexander apparently contacted Delta CEO Ed Bastian back in 2016 after the computer system crashed all flights on hold and cost the company over $ 150 million. He told the CEO that he had a solution to such issues, which resulted in several meetings with executives who gave it to him verbal assurances that he would procure his application.
According to Alexander’s complaint, Delta eventually told him that his technology didn’t suit his needs and eventually launched its own Flight Family Communications 2018 app. He called Delta’s official app a “carbon copy, a rejection based on the roles of text messaging components [his] proprietary communication platform QrewLive. As for the way he decided to seek $ 1 billion in damages, he said it was “based solely on saving Delta’s operating costs, [which] conservatively exceeds a billion dollars. “
The plaintiff has been with the airline for 11 years and is still currently cooperating with the company. Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant told Bloomberg in a statement: “Although the allegations made in Mr. Alexander’s complaint are taken seriously, they are not an accurate or fair description of Delta’s development of the crew’s internal messaging platform.”
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