“You Stole My App!” A Delta Pilot Is Suing The Airline $1 Billion For Swiping His Technology.

Several dozen mothballed Delta Air Lines jets are parked on a closed runway at Kansas City International Airport on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Kansas City, Mo. Delta Air Lines said Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 that it will drop the fee for domestic flights. Delta is following the example set by United Airlines and saying it will drop an unpopular $200 fee on customers who change a ticket for travel within the United States. The moves come as airlines are desperately trying to lure people back to flying. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A pilot for Delta Air Lines claims he developed an app that he pitched to his employers. 

It’s a communications app he named QrewLive, and it’s designed for Delta crews that not only was pretty useful, but expensive. The pilot named Craig Alexander invested $100,000 of his own money to develop it. 

In 2015, he said he pitched the app to Delta, who he claims loved the idea. 

But instead of buying the app from Alexander, the company did decided to do something else according to the lawsuit:  they developed a different App three years later that was allegedly identical to his. 

Here’s a quote from the lawsuit that Bloomberg first reported on. “‘FFC’ is a carbon copy, knock-off of the role-based text messaging component of Craig’s proprietary QrewLive communications platform.”

How did Alexander come up with the $1 billion figure? He said the value of the app’s technology would bring that amount of operational savings to the airline. 

What is Delta saying about what the pilot is accusing them of? Here’s a little taste of the statement they released to Bloomberg.  “While we take the allegations specified in Mr. Alexander’s complaint seriously, they are not an accurate or fair description of Delta’s development of its internal crew messaging platform.

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