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by michman
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-ORD
Replies: 85
Views: 9076

Re: Delta adds RDU-ORD

How many markets now does DL consider focus cities? 77H Officially RDU and BOS are focus cities. Depending on which publication you read, it is unclear if CVG is officially considered a hub, or focus city. I think it's pretty clear from this -- https://s1.q4cdn.com/231238688/files/doc_presentations...

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by michman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 41904

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

mercure1 wrote:
they only have 3 gates now, who's going to give them more gates?

1 gate = 10 flts at best.


Presumably, they will be getting several of the 9 new gates that are being added with the expansion.

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by michman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1158
Views: 69483

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

I agree. This would be one major improvement that DTW could make. I look at SFO as a model for how it could be done in Detroit - centralize all rental car companies into a single parking garage structure and provide one people-move system of some sort that connects both terminals with the facility ...

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by michman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?
Replies: 65
Views: 4537

Re: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?

-Typically, they use slightly older aircraft (except NK has the youngest fleet in the US). NK started with old DC-9s. Then onto MD-80s which were used as well. New aircraft didn't happen until the Airbuses. -They nickel and dime you, obviously, as well, for things such as snacks that come free on l...

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by michman
Sun May 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 7673

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

I think the whole idea of cramming more and more people into an airplane is going to backfire spectacularly one day. Just image an accident where people stuffed in 25” legroom seats cannot get out fast enough because they are literally stuck. Wedged in. Airplane bursts into flames and all 300 pax b...

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by michman
Thu May 24, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1336
Views: 80926

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Looks like DL has made IND a connection stop, MSP-IND-CDG is the quickest connection from MSP so there may be a few pax who connect from that flight although likely not many considering MSP has multiple nonstop to CDG. There are other flights that could work as well, but I don't expect a lot of con...

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by michman
Thu May 24, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1336
Views: 80926

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

3 in D1 and 10 in the main cabin. The 3 D1 seats though will be gone after upgrades and all of the nonrev stand-by's should get on. Flight will probably leave with 3 seats open. Medallions don't get free upgrades on long-haul international. They have to use an instrument of some kind (miles, GUC, e...

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by michman
Sat May 12, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO
Replies: 74
Views: 10292

Re: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO

So what will happen when DL gets rid of the remaining CRJ's? Will they cut it for good since this route can't seem to handle anything bigger? DL has never said they are getting rid of all their CRJ's. The just said they are reducing the count to 125 (they had 343 50-seaters back in 2012). They had ...

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by michman
Sat May 12, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 333
Views: 28503

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

I dont think you really understand monopolies. One carrier will fly MSP-DAL as there arent enough gates for both DL and WN to do it. So who would you prefer fly MSP-DAL??? DL or WN? Delta adding flights at DAL wont lower fares on ONE SINGLE ROUTE period. It is best that WN grow and add DTW and MSP ...

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by michman
Wed May 09, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23891

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

I've had trouble figuring out what Delta's real rule is about serving meals in F. They claim it's by distance, I've heard also it depends on the time of the day... but I've definitely been on flights where everyone was surprised there's no food. And yeah, I'm someone who is likely to fly EWR-ATL-HN...

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by michman
Tue May 08, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 19135

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

SNCF made $5.5bl profit on $40bl turnover; And 13.5 billion subsidies. Listen, the investments in the railroad infrastructure are made by the tax payer. Almost everywhere. Certainly in France, certainly in Germany. Those investments are not reimbursed by the railroad companies, they are seen as an ...

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by michman
Sat May 05, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 19135

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

Kinda like the huge government subsidies that drivers get and that built the US aviation system? Regional HSR in the US makes a lot of sense, bloated construction costs need brought down though. HSR for 200-500mi large city to large city runs make a lot of sense. Drivers pay for road construction t...

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by michman
Tue May 01, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket
Replies: 54
Views: 9463

Re: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket

Fuel prices surged to multi-year highs in the domestic market, dragging the profits of airline companies https://news.alphastreet.com/airline-companies-stare-at-a-burning-issue-as-fuel-prices-skyrocket/ The potential damage to the sector from the rising fuel prices can be gauged from the downbeat o...

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by michman
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Those websites that list the exact cabin/refurb configuration of every AA. DL, UA plane - where?
Replies: 5
Views: 1700

Re: Those websites that list the exact cabin/refurb configuration of every AA. DL, UA plane - where?

This a'net thread maintains a list of DL aircraft refurbs -- http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1382503&start=200 At this point, most of the refurbs are completed at DL with the exception of 739's and A320 Phase I to Phase II refurbs (AVOD installation/Y 3 seat reduction) whi...

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by michman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO
Replies: 71
Views: 11178

Re: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO

I think LHR and CDG will be great new additions. Possibly, FCO too? And of course, a Delta pilot base (if that’s what they want) I doubt MCO-FCO would happen anytime soon, at least not on Delta. Not sure what the O&D/PDEW market is, but Delta already serves FCO to/from ATL and JFK. Norwegian co...

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by michman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ed Bastian named among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ by Fortune
Replies: 16
Views: 2804

Re: Ed Bastian named among ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ by Fortune

If you look at the recipient list, it's pretty clear it's heavily politicized (just look at who came in number 1). Ed ended up 50 out of 50 and was most likely included solely due to his NRA stance. A bit ironic that Blackrock CEO came in at number 8 (given that number 1 is calling for a Blackrock b...

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by michman
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 30702

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Haven't watched 60 Minutes in quite awhile. Do they still end it with those Andy Rooney segments? I recall he had some pretty good knee slappers back in the day.

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by michman
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 606
Views: 71629

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

There is no market. Very little O/D to Asia in DTW You want to put up some data on that, because I'm thinking of Toyota Tech Center in Ann Arbor and Denso + Aisin Seiki on the long-standing DTW-NGO route, plus Big 3 and supplier traffic to NRT. I should have rephrased. Detroit has Asia O/D but much...

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by michman
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Decade since Delta's merger with Northwest
Replies: 231
Views: 18789

Re: Decade since Delta's merger with Northwest

While there are parts of NW that I miss, I have definitely moved on at this point. The reality is that the legacy model is not that great of a fit with many market segments. While I don't care much for the ULCC's, I can't deny they have value and a place in the industry. As the graphic shows, the pe...

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by michman
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current Status of SXM and other damaged airports
Replies: 29
Views: 6621

Re: Current Status of SXM and other damaged airports

DL just added back Saturday-only service on JFK-SXM starting in November.

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by michman
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary
Replies: 35
Views: 5184

Re: Aloha Airlines Final Flight - 10th Anniversary

When it was just Aloha and Hawaiian roundtrips between islands were around 140. When it was go!, HA, Aloha, island air, and mokulele with the embraers you could get a roundtrip for about 70$ iirc. Now its basically just Hawaiian and a roundtrip is 120-150. HA has been really good at not gouging the...

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by michman
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 DTW-AMS
Replies: 36
Views: 7923

Re: Delta A350 DTW-AMS

For example - if I book main cabin. does a DL Diamond Medallion systemwide upgrade only take a passenger upwards 1 cabin or does it go to Delta One? Premium Select is indeed a different cabin than Comfort Plus - however I don't feel it worth the value of the systemwide upgrade voucher. Diamond Meda...

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by michman
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 DTW-AMS
Replies: 36
Views: 7923

Re: Delta A350 DTW-AMS

Surprised the DTW doomsday fanatics aren’t here yet to say how this is how DL plans to dehub DTW or make it less of what it could be ( lol ) Seriously though, why would the A350 be deployed on AMS as opposed to strictly Asian destinations out of DTW? Could be to compete with KLM for the higher-yiel...

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by michman
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 757's at MKE
Replies: 20
Views: 3649

Re: DL 757's at MKE

I find it an interesting way to ensure your charter contracts. I remember reading about UA doing NFL charters, but they would modify a plane as necessary (which I guess would be more complicated). I would think as well by transferring the ownership out - but with rights to them - a great deal of co...

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by michman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 757's at MKE
Replies: 20
Views: 3649

Re: DL 757's at MKE

Delta operates a sub fleet of 11 757s that are especially equipped for sports charters. The 11 757s transferred from Delta’s ownership to a private leasing company, which leases the aircraft to a trust controlled by the NBA league. As part of the leasing agreement, Delta has full rights to the airc...

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by michman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 757's at MKE
Replies: 20
Views: 3649

Re: DL 757's at MKE

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Here's a seatmap for DL 757 75C charter config -- https://web.archive.org/web/20160421005 ... 0-75c.html

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by michman
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 943
Views: 78226

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

greenair727 wrote:
from eniliria's weekly list:

AA CLE-LGA JUL 3>4

AA's continued slow buildup of CLE-NYC.


I wouldn't get too excited. It goes back to 3x daily on August 21st (while UA/DL remain at 6x daily).

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by michman
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1158
Views: 69483

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

In this past weekend's schedule change, DL reduced capacity into FNT starting in May: FNT-ATL goes to 1x M88, 2x CR9 effective in May going forward FNT-MSP remains at 3x CRJ Only the morning departure to ATL remains an MD-88, the evening departure used to be 717/MD-88 as well. The future downgaugin...

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by michman
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s is Deltas farthest east US route from SLC to a non-hub/ focus city?
Replies: 19
Views: 3400

Re: What’s is Deltas farthest east US route from SLC to a non-hub/ focus city?

Not sure why any of this matters, but BWI, DCA, IAD, FLL, and PHL are all further east and none are focus cities (there's also YYZ which is basically treated as domestic). Mileage wise, there is also TPA and MCO. SLC-CLT 1727 SLC-IAD 1828 SLC-DCA 1852 SLC-BWI 1865 SLC-TPA 1888 SLC-PHL 1927 SLC-MCO 1...

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by michman
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Computer system down
Replies: 8
Views: 2091

Re: Spirit Airlines Computer system down

Spirit has computers ??

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by michman
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta gets boost from Air Berlin collapse in Germany
Replies: 43
Views: 9328

Re: Delta gets boost from Air Berlin collapse in Germany

DL is never shy about putting out articles that highlight them, when like others are already saying all carriers are most likely seeing a boost. This isn't specific to DL. Not sure if this is clever marketing or just a desperate attempt for more attention? Why would DL not use a recent event about ...

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by michman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6068

Re: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights

The problem at least so far is that all the third party travel sites like Priceline and Orbitz don't distinguish between economy and basic economy. I have used them in the past to put together itineraries that cross different airline alliances and are impossible to piece together on the airlines' w...

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by michman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 6068

Re: AA expands basic economy to transatlantic flights

LCC/ULCC's have been growing at 10-20% annually, while the legacies are in the low single digits. That growth is now occurring on both domestic and international markets (did you all miss the route additions from the likes of WOW, Iceland, and Norwegian these last few years?). The legacies had a nic...

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by michman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Air Wisconsin?
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Future of Air Wisconsin?

Well, it says they are independently owned. If UA cancelled the partnership, they could always try Independence Air version 2.0 :0)

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by michman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta VIP Select Service
Replies: 5
Views: 1952

Re: Delta VIP Select Service

Got to use it recently at MSP as I was making a tight connection. A redcoat was waiting on the jetbridge with an iPad displaying my name. We walked down the service stairs to a beautiful Porsche and was driven directly to my next flight. They then escorted me to the a/c door, introduced me to the C...

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by michman
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gaming basic economy tickets
Replies: 12
Views: 1637

Re: Gaming basic economy tickets

Delta Basic Economy permits carry-on bags that fit in the overhead bins. The AA and UA policies have lots of exceptions ( for elites and affinity credit card holders). Can't say I have any sympathy for you sister. She shouldn't have booked basic economy if she wanted to play hidden city games. As fa...

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by michman
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snow due in UK from mid-week.
Replies: 87
Views: 11542

Re: Snow due in UK from mid-week.

I see an "amber" warning for snow in London, and a "yellow" warning for Manchester. You folks sure have strange snow over there in the UK. Here in the US, all our snow is just plain white.

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by michman
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1158
Views: 69483

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Strange day for WN today at DTW. All the flights appear to be one-off flights instead of the normal scheduled ones. What's that about? It is like that all over the schedule. STL has some, CMH does also. Not sure why they did it today. I don't think Vday should have much of an impact. Probably someh...

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by michman
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1158
Views: 69483

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Strange day for WN today at DTW. All the flights appear to be one-off flights instead of the normal scheduled ones. What's that about?

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by michman
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1158
Views: 69483

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Not really. The upgauging likely has more to do with providing operational flexibility, as the 73G is an orphan at both DTW & SNA. SNA is likely targeted at SNA POS (southern Orange County specifically), particularity as both roadway and airport (LAX/SAN) congestion increases in the region. DL'...

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by michman
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 346
Views: 34527

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread 2018

Interesting posted from CVGComair, I had originally expected CVG to get down to hubs + BOS, CDG, MCO, and maybe FLL, but its now becoming more of an alternative connecting point, while DTW and IND are also growing for DL in the Midwest. https://blueswandaily.com/delta-to-expand-service-at-cincinnat...

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by michman
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 346
Views: 34527

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread 2018

Not really allowed to say where I got this from, but MCO-AUS will become a thing, prolly on mainline From a disclosed source, I agree. So is DL going to build up AUS into a focus city or a hub? What do you mean by hub?? 200+ daily flights, 50+ destinations and connection banks? That's not going to ...

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by michman
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines transcon premium product
Replies: 61
Views: 11029

Re: Alaska Airlines transcon premium product

At least Virgin America has the widest First Class seat of any airline in the US. "had" :( JetBlue has a seat wider by 1 inch only in the suite rows and if you measure from the bottom, but a few inches up the Virgin America seat is much wider. For the non-suite rows, VX is 1/2 inch wider ...

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by michman
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement
Replies: 67
Views: 9114

Re: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement

What’s the official policy on this? Won’t airlines rebook you on another carrier if the delay is going to exceed a certain time? There are no specific times given in the CoC's and there are no government rules regulating this (there is no more federal "Rule 240", which went away with dere...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: DTW C Concourse

When the terminal was opened in 2002, there were actually very few if any CRJ flights to DTW. Most Airlink flights were Saabs or RJ-85's (which used concourse B or the East side of concourse A). Are you familiar with McNamara's history? When it opened 2002, the current Concourse C had not actually ...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: DTW C Concourse

When the terminal was opened in 2002, there were actually very few if any CRJ flights to DTW. Most Airlink flights were Saabs or RJ-85's (which used concourse B or the East side of concourse A). Are you familiar with McNamara's history? When it opened 2002, the current Concourse C had not actually ...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: DTW C Concourse

The C gates were designed for the Saab. The waiting areas are tiny. A full 50 seater's passengers would take up two gate areas. They would need to be a big redesign for anything larger than a 50 seater to use those gates. Certainly not all the gates were designed for the Saab's as NW had a decent n...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: DTW C Concourse

It has been a while since the DTW Master Plan has been released with recommendations to repurpose the C Concourse for Delta's plan to upguage aircraft in the next few years. With the last 2 portions of the C Concourse still shuttered with a temporary wall and a small increase of domestic capacity i...

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by michman
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs
Replies: 43
Views: 6717

Re: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs

Here's a statement from United about it's EWR margins and it's estimate for DL's profit margin in NYC (this was from 2017) -- Scott Kirby -- "We have about 15 percent margins here in Newark,” he told employees. “We estimate Delta in New York has a 4 percent profit margin, even when times are go...

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