Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
Following USAirways decision a few weeks ago, DL will begin operating 737-300's on its' Shuttle flights. The a/c are to be fitted with 120 leather seats in a one class layout.
Are these the previous Germania 737's that have been returned to their lessor or were they parked in the desert for the past year? Or are these the former Western 737's that have operated through SLC and DFW?
The Shuttle 737-800's are to be refitted with standard DL 2 class configuration and reassigned to the mainline fleet.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
Kind of ironic how just a few short years ago Delta and US Airways were in a race to introduce (and heavily advertise) their new planes (A320 and later the A319 for US, 737-800 for DL). Now, Delta appears to quietly be changing equipment. Although, I don't know US' plans, even flying smaller A319s would still be more attractive than 15 year old planes with leather seats.
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Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16215 posts, RR: 88 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
US does already operate the A319 BOS-DCA.
US is arguably the leader in this market still - they still offer hourly service from/to all three airports and not just 2 spokes from LGA, and they connect a ton of passengers from their other flights onto the Shuttle as well.
They could easily adjust the LGA-BOS and LGA-DCA routes down to the A319.
DL couldn't do that easily, since they own no 737-700s.
US will want to keep their early morning DCA departure, and their late evening DCA arrival. For this, they need to hold on to the Airbus and not backtrack to the 737.
N628AU From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 324 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2153 times:
The latest from US is that DCA-LGA-BOS will operate with A319 shuttle aircraft, and put the higher capacity A320 aircraft on other routes more needing of the extra capacity (Carribean maybe?). The B737 will run on the BOS-DCA route and compete with AA and DL regional jets. This move seems to give US an advantage in this market. Even going to a B737-300, I'll take it over an RJ anyday.
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4009 posts, RR: 23 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
As we discussed months ago (but somehow, some people refused to believe it)...US Airways Shuttle will put the 733 on the DCA-LGA and LGA-BOS runs. BOS-DCA will be 319 while the 320s go back to mainline flying in all coach configs.
Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
Scottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6365 posts, RR: 34 Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
That's actually not true as regards US Airways' business. While total demand is higher on BOS-LGA and LGA-DCA than on BOS-DCA, US Airways carries more passengers on BOS-DCA than it does on the other two routes. The average numbers for 2002Q2 were:
BOS-LGA: total daily pax=4531, US Airways share=32.09%=1454 pax.
DCA-LGA: total daily pax=4008, US Airways share=40.89%=1639 pax.
BOS-DCA: total daily pax=2587, US Airways share=71.80%=1857 pax.
Delta leads in market share on the first two routes, despite having slightly higher fares. Right now, shuttle traffic is terrible due to competition from the Acela Express and increased hassle at security checkpoints (as well as a depressed economy in general). When you consider that US runs roughly 15 daily departures between BOS and LGA daily, and that those passenger numbers are both directions combined, US only gets about 50 O&D passengers on each of those flights (there's some connecting traffic). That's not really enough to justify the A320 (or the 737-800 for Delta) anymore.
As far as most passengers can tell, if the interior looks and smells new, it's a new plane...