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Goodbye Delta Jets MSY-DFW  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

I know a lot can change before September, but I did notice that as of 9/1/03, the last Delta mainline flights on this route, DL2247/2244, operated by MD-90's, will be replaced by CRJ-700's.

I have to question this move because ever since most of the MSY-DFW flights were replaced by RJ's in April, this one last mainline flight has been getting great loads and going out with a full F-class cabin every day.

So sad to see it come down to this, even though it will be nice to see CRJ-700's here (the route will consist of 2 CR7's, 2 CRJ's, and 4 ERJ's as of 9/1).

This route was a served by L1011's and 767's/57's for many years.

Now the only mainline option to DFW is American with 6 daily MD-80's....and of course Southwest's 7 flights to Love Field.

I see this decision by Delta forcing some passengers over to AA, which is enjoying 90%+ load factors on those flights as it is. Some people do not like RJ's for even a 1-hour flight, so this would not surprise me at all.

It's a strickly business decision I know, but man, it really is sad to see. I thought I'd NEVER see the day where full-size Delta aircraft wouldn't be flying New Orleans - Dallas/Ft.Worth. It's like a knife through my heart.  Sad

Thank god for my old flight schedules so I can recall the good old days. Delta can't take that away from me.


Stephen in NOLA

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User currently offlineN951U From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

A full F-class cabin is not a good indication of those fares. Even with recent program changes, Platinum Medallion members will have good upgrade benefits for a little while longer (until their stock of upgrades runs out). I assume a fair number of the passengers on the route are connecting (though I bet Dallas is a key O&D market for New Orleans) so an equipment type change will still feed those passengers to connections.

What it comes down to, once again, is people don't choose flights based completely on equipment type. While this equipment change is disheartening for aviation enthusiasts, I'm sure it makes good business sense. As long as the price, schedules, and connections work, they'll continue to sell seats.


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Well I'd better make one more run down to MSY before the changeover so I can fly in F class and get a free Bloody Mary before we take off !!

The last time I flew this route it was on 737-700's or 800's I think. Before that, it was a MD-80.


Jay


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

It's a strickly business decision I know, but man, it really is sad to see. I thought I'd NEVER see the day where full-size Delta aircraft wouldn't be flying New Orleans - Dallas/Ft.Worth. It's like a knife through my heart.

I couldnt agree with you more here  Sad


This is going to really affect me negatively. Now, since Delta.com routes nearly everything westbound out of MSY via DFW with no other choice; I'll have to book westbound via ATL on the phone... which eats away at potential online-booking bonuses.

Not good at all!!  Angry  Sad


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

I was looking at a MSY-DFW flight for 1 June, and there were only two seats left on that flight. Looks like I'm going through IAH now...

Jeff


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

To compensate for the nice 80 seat reduction going from a M90 to a CR7, the least DL could do would be to add one SLC nonstop back...but I doubt that it will happen.

Also, looks like MSY-ATL will get a huge capacity reduction in August and September, with MD-88's replacing several 757 and 767 flights. Dissapointing to say the least.


Steve in NOLA


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6733 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

To compensate for the nice 80 seat reduction going from a M90 to a CR7, the least DL could do would be to add one SLC nonstop back...but I doubt that it will happen.

Considering how weak the DL DFW hub is, do you think overflying the hub with routes like MSY-SLC will help it? One of the reasons why DL stopped MSY-SLC was because it was doing damage to the MSY-DFW-XXX connecting traffic.

Some of the capacity reductions to ATL are temporary as August/September aren't exactly the prime time to go to New Orleans.


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

Some of the capacity reductions to ATL are temporary as August/September aren't exactly the prime time to go to New Orleans.

Actually, the first weekend between August and September marks the celebration of one of MSY's three largest annual tourist attractions: Southern Decadence.

Lots of gay people from all over the world come to the city, and dont think for a minute that the airlines (in particular: US and AA it seems) dont play to that... which is why I'm rather shocked they'd choose that as the time for a capacity reduction.


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