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by compensateme
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?
Replies: 21
Views: 3011

Re: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?

Now, for something stuck in the 1990's, to me, that's Terminal 1. It's not bad, it's not horrible, they don't need to tear the place down and start all over, but it's time for a little overview by the powers that be. I wouldn't mind seeing some new flooring and perhaps some new panels to clean up t...

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by compensateme
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Right so why wouldn't DL operated it twice daily in the summer DL has very clearly struggled with twice-daily DTW/LHR service. Since the merger, they've tried several times to operate it twice-daily -- including with their partner VS -- but with limited success; published load factors support this ...

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by compensateme
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory
Replies: 151
Views: 49347

Re: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory

I heard DTW-MCO is just one of the route proving flights planned for August. DTW will have the bulk of the flights.. . Honestly, unless it's a one-off flight, I'd be surprised; we're already halfway through July, so it's very unlikely DL's schedules via mid-August will change. The second half of Au...

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by compensateme
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Sadly, DL's eliminated the second daily flight to PDX, sans a short period from November into December. Previously they pushed back the start date, now the flight goes away completely right before the Holidays. Nice to see the increases in mainline, I am looking forward to being on the 717 instead o...

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by compensateme
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Some quick thoughts on DL's preliminary early fall schedule (which will change, of course): - DL continues its trend of offering more capacity at DTW during the fall months than it did so during peak summer months; DL clearly utilizes DTW to chase high-yielding business traffic. - 201 peak-day mainl...

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by compensateme
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar cancels 4 A350s due to supplier issues
Replies: 187
Views: 24436

Re: Qatar to cancel 4 A350s due to supplier issues

rotating14 wrote:
DL is not taking all of their A350s on order. Why would they try to commit to 4 ex QR frames that may not have the same number of seats and same class sections as DL has in their A350s?


Incorrect; DL has slowed the pace of their A359 deliveries, but has yet to cancel any orders.

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by compensateme
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?
Replies: 72
Views: 13174

Re: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?

It may not be hugely profitable or near the system average, but I suspect it did make a profit. Look at AS's growth during that same period, it was enormous, but AS kept turning huge profits. I doubt DL was charging substantially below AS such that it would be unprofitable. I think the SEA market j...

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by compensateme
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?
Replies: 72
Views: 13174

Re: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?

Delta's plan at SEA is right on track. Nothing has changed. And the hub is profitable. I know those are shocks to the system for AS homers. I'm no "AS homer," but I'd be skeptical of the claim that SEA reached profitability that quickly, given the size & scope of expansion over the pa...

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by compensateme
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Actually, the lounge (in the central area) at DTW was my favorite lounge in the Delta system. Too many of their "upgrades" at other airports went to making sleek, bland, and plastic-y spaces.. more like glorified Student Union Buildings than clubs. The DTW lounge actually felt "clubb...

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by compensateme
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 63
Views: 17311

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

The narrow body RFP is already out there. DL is expecting the results sometime this fall. I would think they want to make a decision in time for the 4th quarter BOD meeting. It could well be, but there has never been any confirmation, just speculation. I'll remain skeptical until it's confirmed -- ...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 63
Views: 17311

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

Everyone keeps thinking about the operating cost of the McDonnell Douglas planes, but what about their cost to the DL brand? While similarly aged (or even older) A319s, A320s, 737s and 757s have been - or soon will be - refurbished to offer everything from AVOD to mood lighting, a fleet of nearly 2...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta retires first MD 90
Replies: 63
Views: 17311

Re: Delta retires first MD 90

With 40 additional 321's and 10 additional 739's ordered this year, Delta may not need an RFP anytime soon if it decides to replace the MD90's at the same time or shortly after the MD88's. One poster on the airline pilot forum said that some C series may end up at Atlanta as well, not just LAX and ...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA adds 3rd Tokyo-LAX flight
Replies: 34
Views: 7235

Re: ANA adds 3rd Tokyo-LAX flight

Wonder if this flight will be 10-across in economy, or if both NRT flights will go 9-across.

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 577
Views: 103481

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

DL got ~3 MD90s for the price of one new 737 and the low cost mods have had more than enough time to get their ROI. On top of that the short gap fill gave DL a chance to clean up the balance sheet and not spend a ton of CAPEX on new airplanes. Except that DL wasn't in such destitute state that it d...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA agent steals cash from luggage
Replies: 36
Views: 6213

Re: TSA agent steals cash from luggage

I'm not sure what the point of this thread is. Are you naive enough to believe these problems didn't exist prior to the establishment of the TSA? I can assure you they did, because I was once a victim. At the end of the day, any employer with 43K people on his payroll is going to have to deal with i...

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by compensateme
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

WN's dropping a flight to DEN next winter, which is surprising. Plenty of sub-$100 fares available right now -- grab them will they last...

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by compensateme
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FNT Incident
Replies: 2
Views: 1347

Re: FNT Incident

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/21/of ... bbing.html
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The incident is being investigated as a lone wolf terrorist attack.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/21/of ... bbing.html

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FNT Incident
Replies: 2
Views: 1347

Re: FNT Incident

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/off ... rt-n775131
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NBC News is reporting the suspect is a Canadian passport holder from Quebec and shouted "Allahu akbar" right before the attack.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/off ... rt-n775131

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada named best airline in North America
Replies: 77
Views: 7904

Re: Air Canada named best airline in North America

Not for Skytrax. If you would have had a look into the Top 100 Airlines you would find AC rouge at number 99, not far behind AA and UA mainline. So winning the award was AC mainline. Rogue IS Air Canada, even if SkyTrax wants to pretend it's not. Just goes to show why SkyTrax isn't taken seriously ...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada named best airline in North America
Replies: 77
Views: 7904

Re: Air Canada named best airline in North America

If the seating on AC is "just as bad" as other operators, I fail to see how this in any way then dimisnishes the viability of this award they received. Rouge is a whole different ballgame, AC won this honour (if that is an appropriate term), not Rouge. Not to stir the pot any more then it...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Not a ridiculous argument, some airlines do just not care about being an launch customer, with the resulting hassle. It is a ridiculous argument. The NEO and MAX are suppose to burn 15% less fuel than their predecessors. That's a huge savings over 20-30 years (the life of the aircraft) -- enough to...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada named best airline in North America
Replies: 77
Views: 7904

Re: Air Canada named best airline in North America

As stated, I guess it shows how bad NA airlines are..... Nah, just shows how ridiculous Skytrax is. DL is as good if not better than most of the airlines in the world; this isn't the 2000s. I just flew NH a couple weeks ago -- a so called " Five Star " airline -- and found myself longing ...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Naive? Don't you see reality happening right before our eyes? Even an airline that has a reputation for fleet longevity is falling short. The vast majority of the retired 757s didn't quite make 30. The domestic 767s and 747s fell short to well short. A320s are being retired before hitting 30. The M...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

DL, U2, B6, and especially FR might beg to differ.... considering the lore surrounding some of the alleged launch/new customer discounts they've received on then-modern airframes. If DL could've gotten the same discounts on NEO / MAX aircraft, do you really think they would've purchased 150+ of old...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

The A320 and 737 family currently pays well below the 757 rate for pilots at Delta; if any of the nextgen aircraft are added to the fleet new pay rates have to be negotiated. When this happens ALPA will be pushing hard for these aircraft to pay the current, and likely more than the current 757 rate...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Well, FWIW, the MD-90s have already started to get scheduled for retirement. First two will be gone in December. Thank you for that information. That's kinda what I figured -- that the current orders are setting the precedent for replacing the MD-90. As I've written before, I've heard from reliable...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

The thing you are missing is that right now with the A321/739s Delta is taking advantage of quick delivery slots opening up due Neo/Max issues and other customers not being interested because they want the next gen jets. That scenario (quick delivery in meaningful numbers) does not exist with the N...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

I personally think DL realizes waiting for new engine aircraft will be the smarter business decision. You list what Delta must replace. But there is an economic advantage to early retirement of the following: A319: Qty 57 A320-200: Qty 65 MD-90: Qty 65 I do expect a large order to replace the above...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

The news today is the incremental order. It's destined to be a nice size subfleet fleet, but today's order doesn't provide significant new insight to fleet strategy. Delta's 739 and A321 fleets are being built by multiple (some small, like this) transactions - as was the MD-90 fleet. A few receipts...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Glad to see that the 359 is making its debut in DTW. However, that is a huge seat count downgrade to ICN and NRT from the 744. I suppose it will drive yields and KE might come in... Sort of. DL has rotated between the 777 and 744 between DTW & NRT, ICN & PVG over the past few years (and eve...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/18/2017: AS Drops BLI-LAS, NK Adds BDL/PIT-TPA/RSW, Y4 Swaps Routes
Replies: 36
Views: 8857

Re: OAG Changes 6/18/2017: AS Drops BLI-LAS, NK Adds BDL/PIT-TPA/RSW, Y4 Swaps Routes

So you're saying these are just temporary due to the schedule not being extended out to the full month yet or is it a change in regional partner flying some of the schedule? No, the cuts never existed to begin with; it's just a timing issue in AA uploading its schedules to the GDS and Enilria runni...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 29791

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

It's going to be very interesting to see which new gen narrowbody they select for their upcoming RFP. I doubt we'll see an upcoming RFP; the continued late-model 739 & 321 orders make it unlikely. - Factoring in known retirements (MD-88, 763A, etc.) against confirmed orders yields the capacity ...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

I realized something, maybe this is the reason G4 doesn't do DTW, maybe the lack of travers going from Detroit to Punta Gorda and Sanford is the reason they don't fly to DTW. Most people in Detroit use MCO and RSW and it would make no sense to drive out of the way to SFB if you live in the corridor...

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by compensateme
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

I'm surprised. It seemed like the kind of route where they'd keep more seats for a while, what with NRT still having its Intra-Asia flights. PEK was where my money was. What on Earth would leave you to believe that? NRT currently operates with the 376-seat 744, whereas PEK utilizes the 234-seat 332...

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by compensateme
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 67
Views: 3835

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

I wonder if the FNT announcement is a new destination from AA, likely CLT? In this week's OAG thread, AA shows a reduction of 3>2 flights to ORD effective in November. Thus the only departures to ORD would be ~6am & 11am. Earlier this year, AA added CLT service to TOL alongside the long-standin...

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by compensateme
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/18/2017: AS Drops BLI-LAS, NK Adds BDL/PIT-TPA/RSW, Y4 Swaps Routes
Replies: 36
Views: 8857

Re: OAG Changes 6/18/2017: AS Drops BLI-LAS, NK Adds BDL/PIT-TPA/RSW, Y4 Swaps Routes

AA ORD-DTW NOV 7>6 DEC 7>6 JAN 7>6 FEB 7>6 AA ORD-FNT NOV 3>2 DEC 3>2 JAN 3>2 FEB 3>2 AA ORD-FWA NOV 4>3 DEC 4>3 JAN 4>3 FEB 4>3 AA ORD-MSN NOV 5>4 DEC 5>4 JAN 5>4 FEB 5>4 These cuts aren't happening -- just another example of timing issues in running your report.

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by compensateme
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL outlines A350 routes
Replies: 62
Views: 18381

Re: DL A350 inaugural flight will be DTW-NRT

By the end of 2018 to early 2019 all TransPac service will shift to 777/359. Delta wants to compete against foreign asian carriers with its Biz suites. Incorrect; DL has already indicated the 339 will operate select West Coast - Asia flights. Further, there are likely some routes that will stay 763...

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by compensateme
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y
Replies: 59
Views: 8136

Re: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y

I don't think it's doable in an airplane oven, or at least not any oven in wide circulation. This sort of smells to me like something a CO person did because he or she thought it would be a nice nod to UA/Chicago but that person did not recognize the logistical difficulties. I'd rather have good de...

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by compensateme
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 767-300 Last Flight Date?
Replies: 22
Views: 8730

Re: Delta 767-300 Last Flight Date?

Not sure about the retirement date for these birds but I do wonder what equipment DL will use for SLC-HNL once they go away. The 757 seems too small and just barely has the legs for SLC-Hawaii (DL used the 757 on SLC-OGG before it was dropped and the route sometimes took payload penalties), and the...

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by compensateme
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest 747 question.
Replies: 46
Views: 7685

Re: Northwest 747 question.

The last regularly scheduled domestic 747 service was NW305/NW308 MSP-LAX-MSP during the summer of 1999 operated by the 747-100. There were a number of scheduled swaps through 2003 but none more than 2 or 3 times. If you include NW920/NW921 MSP-HNL-MSP as domestic, it saw 747-200 service through th...

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by compensateme
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 51
Views: 10565

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

michman wrote:
DL does not show upgrade/standby waitlist until you check-in at the 24 hour mark.


The upgrade/standby list within the app shows the number of seats remaining in each class for flights you're ticketed for. More details are added once you check-in.

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by compensateme
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

flymco753 wrote:
NK adds a 4th winter MCO flight.


Looks like NK is adjusting its schedules; sadly, the second DTW/LAX flight is dropped late fall.

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by compensateme
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

flymco753 wrote:
UA begins SFO today.


Today's eastbound flight was booked around 80% and the westbound is a tad higher. Loads on upcoming eastbound flights are pretty solid... not true of the eastbound -- Saturday's DTW-SFO would make even a CRJ blush.

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by compensateme
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 51
Views: 10565

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

I think they are in the loop with the fact that a great number of their big spend customers have booked this flight and would not be happy about an equipment change.....of course subject to nothing mechanical.....Though I will say if there is an equipment change there will be a whole lot of cancell...

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by compensateme
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 51
Views: 10565

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

Actually, an F fare is not available because they are all sold out. The Diamond Medallion Facebook group is having a meetup for this special flight and booked out the entire cabin. :) It is not a special retirement flight for employees. No, the Facebook group didn't buy out all 48 First Class seats...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 51
Views: 10565

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

Is this the final 747 flight for Delta? Or do they continue for months after this? No; currently, the last scheduled flight is December 17, ICN-DTW. Currently, seven frames remain - two are scheduled for retirement during Labor Day weekend whereas the other 5 will be phased out in December. Hawaii ...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 51
Views: 10565

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

As I wrote elsewhere: I will be flying LAX-DTW on 9/5 and I noticed the 744 as an option a couple weeks ago. I've been debating whether or not to book this flight -- the other redeye is better timed for me and will save a few bucks; I'd be sorely disappointed if this flight changed to a 737/757. Wha...

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by compensateme
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

As I wrote elsewhere: I will be flying LAX-DTW on 9/5 and I noticed the 744 as an option a couple weeks ago. I've been debating whether or not to book this flight -- the other redeye is better timed for me and will save a few bucks; I'd be sorely disappointed if this flight changed to a 737/757. Wha...

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

klm617 wrote:
So my question would be why not fly Southwest and support their operation at FTW if it is far superior to the Delta service.


An addiction to SkyMiles / SkyBonus.

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by compensateme
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 871
Views: 60687

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

1. Why has WN virtually had 0 addition/expansion at DTW in the last 3 years while markets of similar or smaller size continue to gain from WN? WN just barely set a record for enplanements in 2016; the 845,604 passengers who boarded WN's jets was exactly 81 more than in 2007, when a combined 845,523...

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