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Although Anderson may not be missed by his rivals, his impact on the industry will be felt for years.

What to Know Now

Only five months after leaving the role of CEO and adopting the position of Chairman of the Board, Richard Anderson has left Delta Air Lines and retired.

According to Ed Bastian, the current CEO, Anderson’s departure was “part of the plan,” but to many others, the transition seems rather abrupt; nobody saw the resignation coming until the news broke on Tuesday and Delta has been tight-lipped about the departure. News of Anderson’s transition was quickly eclipsed by the airline’s earnings call on Thursday.

Regardless of the reasons, Anderson’s departure may signal the end of the era of a certain type of strong-willed legacy carrier management. Under Anderson’s watch, Delta played hardball with international carriers, eviscerated its loyalty program, and openly split with the major industry lobbying group, all contentious and headstrong moves. As Bastian and the new chairman of the board settle in, calmer times may be ahead.

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Photo credit: Richard Anderson leaves at a time when his fellow airline CEOs are speaking in more collaborative ways than in the past. In this composite image Anderson (L) is pictured with American Airlines CEO Douglas Parker (R) and Secretary of State John Kerry during debates over the Open Skies treaty with Gulf States. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

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