The late afternoon and evening departure banks are very busy for DTW. Like tonight, concourse A was crazy busy between 7-8pm as that is one of the biggest departure banks all day. While it may not seem like much, DL is up 1% YOY at DTW. Like most airports there is noticable difference depending on d...Jump to post
DL had a few different factor at play than UA, and lightsaber covered most of them above. A lot of that comes about how DL has significant variability - day-of-the week & seasonality built into its network. They have a 25-30% swing in ASMs between Q1 low and Q3 peak schedules. They also were in ...Jump to post
Many connecting markets that flow over DTW are within the LGA perimeter and have multiple nonstop options on DL or AA.
Places like ORD, MDW, MSN, MKE, GRR, DSM, STL, OMA, IND, Florida, etc.
MSP connecting flows more heavily favor outside-of-perimeter markets that lack nonstop options out of LGA.
MSP-LGA has fewer frequencies than DTW-LGA, but I'd argue that MSP-JFK makes more sense to have more capacity than DTW to JFK because it has more limited markets and better serves more markets outside of the LGA perimeter. JFK-MSP serves connecting flows into the Upper Midwest, Northern Rockies, and...Jump to post
I'm honestly more surprised that EWR-DTW isn't all mainline than at the service levels on JFK-DTW. Maybe once the 717s are redeployed from NYC and LAX operations..... Since you are flying into a major competitors' hub that has nonstop options to many of the same connecting flows you would be servin...Jump to post
KLM617....time-out. We discussed that pie-in-the sky idea over a year ago when the article was first written about the Metro Airways pipe-dream. Zero anything has happened since that time, when the article was published in May 2017. Don't go repackaging that as something new again. Lets not go there...Jump to post
1) The amount of DTW-NYC flights into other airports, primarily LGA 2) Hub connectivity in JFK for DTW O&D is minimal; other than some international connections, but vast majority can be reached over AMS, CDG, or ATL 3) Hub connectivity in DTW for JFK O&D is not as critical, due to all the n...Jump to post
These are some of the longest 2-class Rj routes in the system and as said eat up a lot of block time. For example a single turn requires 7+ hours of aircraft time. That frees up E70/E75/CR9 for other things.Jump to post
You guys are making an argument for 787 vs. A330 NEO based on ideological assumptions in isolation of real-world factors and fleet planning decisions. You have to look at the entire business case, and broader situation of the respective parties when the deal was made for the order. The argument can ...Jump to post
Hardly obsolete, considering the CFM56 is only one of the most popular engines ever and still in production. Not to mention, numerous performance improvement packages over the years to increase efficiency/reduce fuel burn. It all comes down to economcs, and highly proprietary financial models that o...Jump to post
Yep, JAX was a DL "suppressed" market. Back with NW it was 3x a day at its peak a mix of D9S & 319s with roughly 375 seats/day in the market. The fact that DL dropped it to as low as 66 seat/day was silly. CHS was a later add for NW at DTW that didn't come along until NW made a push in...Jump to post
The A319s are much younger than the A320s and in the same age/cycle range as the 738s (and near the same vintage as many of the 717s); the oldest being from 1999. About 1/2 of the A320 fleet is more than 25 years old, the youngest 1/3 of the fleet is similar in age to the A319s (15-19 years old). Th...Jump to post
There is a lot that’s been posted about the MD90 engine overhaul issues of late. They don’t fly the aircraft to NZ, they ship the engine there for overhaul. DL is the lone operator of an low volume orphan fleet type. The MD90 V2500-D5 engine in the most simplistic manor is different than the A5 sinc...Jump to post
Again as many of said, none of these are an exact 1:1 replacement of frames, let alone on a similar gauge aircraft. As said, DL is increased average gauge size / seats per departure. At peak times/peak departure bank at ATL they can't necessarily add more frequency but instead can increase aircraft ...Jump to post
1) The domestic 777 flights are primarily for positioning and fleet rotation purposes. If the need to do so arises for A350s they would do the same. They don't need to yet since the domestic gateways TPAC destinations all bridge back to DTW. The 777 destinations don't all bridge back to ATL without ...Jump to post
DTW had some interesting stuff posted on their Facebook page over the past week. - 60th Anniversary of the LC Smith Terminal opening in 1958 - 60th Anniversary of AA serving DTW, coinciding with the opening of LC Smith (Including some vintage photos of Smith Terimal and old AA aircraft) - July 2018 ...Jump to post
ORD good access but far too many stops on the Blue Line; in an ideal world they would have Express service.
MDW orange line is very good.
ATL MARTA works very well.
Haven’t ridden the new rail at DEN yet but I assume it works well.
The window is getting a lot smaller and less likely, but early-November is about as late as anyone would announce new international service for Summer 2019 Many airlines have already made their big new service announcements for S19. The exception being how close-in the AM flights were added, but tho...Jump to post
At high level klm617 is going in the right direction here. While you can't make a definitive statement about profitability of a given route, there are some general "rules of thumb" ULCC / LCC generally need to have overall Load Factors well above 80% to have a chance of profitability on a ...Jump to post
While we are on the subject of concourses at the MacNamara, does anyone know if the airport or Delta have a master plan to demolish/rebuild/repurpose Concourse C? It had been a couple of years since I walked down C, so I took a stroll through there last week and I noticed that they have more of the...Jump to post
There were few gates on B initially; CO had three and the rest were used for the Avro RJ85. It’s possible the occasional DC-9 parked there, but definitely not common. While the gates can handle all narrowbody aircraft (CO use to regularly operate the 757 to IAH, and DL occasionally brought a 763/76...Jump to post
We will see how long this lasts. The service has been attempted previously. I've noticed people from Detroit seem to think they are entitled to a non-stop flight to every corner of the globe. It's most peculiar. No other hub city seems to have that mindset. MSP is a much wealthier city but yet they...Jump to post
Yep, I flew on AA 73 a few times ORD-HNL. It was a 9am departure from ORD which required a 7:30 departure on the DTW-ORD leg. I didn't mind getting up early since hey I was going on vacation! The noon departure from DTW aligns with a decent-sized departure bank, along when the first wave of TPAC dep...Jump to post
Be nice if it does a domestic turn out west at the 8 am bank. But where would it come from to do the noon departure. So my guess is 6 hours on the ground. If I'm not mistaken they did it last with an A330 when we split the route with MSP but I could be wrong. Yeah, its either a 6 hour sit or in the...Jump to post
Indirectly, the additional of a nonstop DTW-HNL frees-up seat and increases capacity on some of the DTW-West Coast flights as there numerous passengers per day connecting over other gateways like SEA, LAX, PDX, SFO, SLC, MSP, ATL to get to HNL. Granted, some of those gateways are still viable or bet...Jump to post
Enplanements by Marketing Carrier (e.g,. all regional data aggregated up to the mainline operator): (Sorry, I which I could paste an image of a table that displays the data better, can't figure out the forum tools) Airline (Brand Carrier) " Enplanements 2018 YTD " " Enplanements 2017 ...Jump to post
I like data. So there is some interesting insights that can be derived from current year-to-date data for DTW. The following is compiled from 2018 enplanement data from the WCAA: Enplanements % Change YOY Jan 1,210,885 -0.9% Feb 1,177,863 -1.7% Mar 1,531,911 1.8% Apr 1,421,253 1.8% May 1,541,626 1.1...Jump to post
Per the latest OAG thread, AA rescinded its decision to drop the third MIA flight during the winter months. That’s good news but also an interesting move, given tickets are available for less than OW$100 most days. And in the move I’d least suspect, BWI is going to just three peak day flights, each...Jump to post
Ehh, no one like F9 or G4 is going to jump into a market like DTW-CHS during low season Jan & Feb. Jan & Feb are relatively cold in CHS and its not regularly comfortable again until March. Its low season for leisure traffic to CHS. I'd be interesting to see how that PDEW data averages in Jan...Jump to post
Most of the DL drops in CVG are OO operated routes, not a coincidence, IMO. Reflective of the staffing situation over there. It that is true, why doesn't DL staff them from another regional? Endeavor? Seems there's two possibilities: 1) Other regionals can't staff it or don't have a plane (CRJ-200s...Jump to post
Thanks as always enilria. I am a little surprised about CHS-DTW. I’m assuming this is just a seasonal suspension. Has it been seasonal in the past? It is a market that I would think could support year round service, but on the other hand, DL does not have very robust service in many DTW to southern...Jump to post
Most of the DL drops in CVG are OO operated routes, not a coincidence, IMO. Reflective of the staffing situation over there. That seems to be a general trend across the DL network lately. Low performing OO capacity purchase flights have been cut over the past several weeks - DTW-CAK, DTW-PIA, MSP-F...Jump to post
Yes, good point at in the early-2000s, WN & NK almost killed the North Terminal project. They walked away from original design commitments, were against the Ground Transportation center in the North Terminal and overall displeased with the proposed costs of a very yeoman North Terminal. The key ...Jump to post
To elaborate, NK should be sending flowers and gift baskets to WN for purchasing and decimating FL (AirTran). FL was capturing a good portion of the traffic flows and passenger segment from Michigan through DTW & FNT that are now being captured by NK at DTW. NK was the 20-25 flights/day range th...Jump to post
New service alert! NK to start DTW-JAX (new city for NK) 12/20/18. Daily service. (Along with ORD-JAX) http://ir.spirit.com/news-releases/news-release-details/jet-setting-jax-spirit-airlines-expands-florida-footprint-ultra Logical add for NK at DTW. This might spur DL to upgauge/increase capacity in...Jump to post