ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
Very old news. Delta is removing some if not all the 737-800's in the Shuttle operation and redeploying them to domestic routes and some transcons from Atlanta because these planes have both the capacity and the range and are therefore better utilized on these routes. Also, DL no longer operates the 727 and the 737-800 is a good replacement for that type.
Delta probably has too much capacity in the mainline right now and therefore chose the 757 for Song because it is a highly efficient aircraft with very low operating costs and therefore well suited for a low cost operation.
The Shuttle from LGA to BOS and DCA is very competitive and since 09/11/01 many travellers have shown greater enthusiasm for the Amtrak Acela service. Furthermore, American has entered the shuttle foray with ERJ flights up to 10 times a day to each city.
The 737-300's do not have the same range capabilities as the -800 and are a small fleet type in the Delta system, just 30-40 aircraft, therefore, it does make sense to isolate 12 or 15 of them to Shuttle operations.
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2763 times:
They from Germania and they are pieces of junk. The Shuttle has gone to an every other hour operation. They are going out crowded if not full and are oversold, leaving passengers at the gate waiting for the next shuttle in 2 hours.
They are unreliable because DL still hasn't bought spare parts for the aircraft. They were in the desert, they thought that they'd lease them, but market conditions for used 737's are awful so they decided to brush off the sand and put them on the shuttle and free up the -800's for domestic mainline service.
L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Guys, Delta got 13 737-347s from Western. ( Ships 201-213) Then, they bought 13 737-300s ex-Germainia. These were 35Bs, 35Ds, 3L9s, and two ex-Lh -330s. The purchase was around 1998. They were not bought for the shuttle.
Mech24 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
Hey L1011, nobody said they were bought for shuttle. Also, delta bought 9 airplanes from Germania, the other 4 were acquired from Western Pacific. They were not bought for shuttle but that is where they are being used now, except for 201-213(ex Western) and 251-254(ex West Pac)