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Topic: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: FlyPNS1
Posted 2004-06-30 20:04:05 and read 2530 times.

Starting in October, DL will retire 7 of the 19 ATR's that operate in the ASA fleet. ASA plans to continue operating the remaining 12 ATR's for the forseeable future...however maintaining such a small fleet isn't very economical. Leases on the remaining 12 do not expire until 2007.

The retiring ATR's will be replaced by CRJ-200's and CRJ-700's.

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: Cumulonimbus
Posted 2004-06-30 20:12:05 and read 2516 times.

I will miss those Atr's. I do like them better than the crj's. I hope that I will still be able to fly on them to PCY.

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: OttoPylit
Posted 2004-06-30 20:19:08 and read 2506 times.

That is so wrong, I love the ATR's. Such a nice airplane in my view. Hate the Rj's. I would take a nice ride on an ATR anytime over a CRJ. A friend of mine over at ASA told me that the majority of the ATR's will stay for quite a while because they are actually more economical to operate than an RJ. But I guess its eventual, given the large number of CRJ-200's and -700's coming online. Maybe they will just sort out the problematic ATR's to be removed from service.

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: FlyPNS1
Posted 2004-06-30 20:33:07 and read 2492 times.

Ottopylit,

You're right that the ATR's are more economical than RJ's on the short hops.

However, I believe that economy is offset by the fact that the ATR represents another fleet type for DL (ASA) to maintain. The ATR fleet is pretty small (19 at the moment) and it is costly to train pilots and provide maintenance for such a small fleet.

DL has to cut costs wherever they can and this is just another example.

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: Cumulonimbus
Posted 2004-06-30 20:38:26 and read 2477 times.

I have heard that ASA is not happy with the CRJ's. Did Delta order those CRJ"s for ASA or is ASA quite happy with them. Let me Know. Thanx

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: DeltAirlines
Posted 2004-06-30 21:01:04 and read 2452 times.

I take it these would be the N5**AS birds? There are a total of 7 of them (according to my records), and these are the ex-Air New Zealand birds (the N6**AS series was ordered by ASA)...

Anyway, if it is the N5** series, I'm at least glad that I had the opportunity to spot them all (all I have left to spot for the fleet are N630AS and N642AS)...also, I just saw this, ASA had the second largest ATR fleet in the world (after American Eagle)...one of those little things I did not know...

Jeff

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: FlyPNS1
Posted 2004-06-30 21:06:09 and read 2443 times.

You are correct, DeltaAirlines. The planes that are going are N530AS-N536AS.

Topic: RE: DL (ASA) To Retire 7 ATR's
Username: TokyoNarita
Posted 2004-07-01 03:41:10 and read 2317 times.

The 500 series ATRs mentioned above have higher basic empty weights which often result in bumping large amount of payload especially for a route like ATL-GPT. They are very hard to work with during weather days with full load.

TokyoNarita.


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