MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8516 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4525 times:
If my bedroom wasn't such a disorganized mess I'd be able to find Delta: An Airline and it's Aircraft by R.E.G. Davies, which is the best book ever written on Delta. It tells exactly how many Lockheed L-100s Delta had (they had both regular and extended versions, as I recall). They didn't have them for very long, however. I'll find it after church. I hope.
Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1624 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
They were used to replaced Delta's cargo-only C-46 Commandos. A fleet of three entered service in 1966 and were used to carry engines and other bulky cargo. They were later returned to Lockheed (only about twenty miles from Hartsfield) for an eight-foot stretch. Other L-100s (the civilian designation for the Hercules) were leased during the modification. The arrival of widebodies in the 1970s with their large belly compartments rendered the L-100s unecessary and they were retired in 1975.
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4410 times:
My friend of Delta pilot once he was captain of C-130 for 1 or 2 years something before he position B727 captain. He retired on L1011 1987.
When I was kid, I remembered saw C-130 a couple of times flying over my town same directions north and south on J-89 route. I used live in Cleveland, TN. I thought it was a military plane not until I discovered that Delta have C-130. Is anybody know where the Delta cargo fly to cities used to?
Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4171 times:
Only goes to show that most airlines dont have a well defined goal. Look at Southwest. You dont see them getting 3 dozen 747's and flying to Hong Kong and NRT. They have stuck to their defined goal of provding cheap and efficient domestic service. Mebbe THATS why they have been so consistently profitable? (They still are right?)
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
The United States aviation scene was a totally different beast in those days. At that time, it was profitable and almost essential for major airlines to run dedicated outsize freighter services. When the 747s arrived with their cavernous underfloor holds, along with the early generations of all-cargo express carriers, these services became redundant and were dropped.
Since that time, Delta has had countless profitable quarters, so I don't think your argument holds any water.
If everyone followed the model that you speak of, long-haul flights, major hubs, and multiple fleet types would be nonexistent. We all know that Southwest's model is profitable and works well for the way they run their operation.
In this industry, much like many others, there is no panacea to cure everyone's problems. To be successful, you've got to identify your market, put out a product that appeals to the market, and deliver it on a consistent basis. How you define your market, product, and delivery is always up for interpretation, and that's what makes this industry great, almost a microcosm of the human race; so many different products, approaches, and methods all vying for different pieces of the same huge pie.
Southwest does it's job spectacularly, but there will always be room in the industry for full-service network carriers like Delta.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8407 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3801 times:
So someone doing a photoshopped fleet of B52s dropping a few tonnes of bombs, it's a harmless expression of grief but if a Palestinian was to draw a picture of the WTC in flames, after tanks and bulldozers have demolished two dozen houses and kills eight civilians, THAT guy is an inhuman terrorist monster. Jeez.
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