Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 26 Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4589 times:
In searching through Delta timetables dating from 1987 (when DL's first MD-80 was delivered) to the present, I have never found a flight to/from their Salt Lake City hub operated by MD-80 equipment. Moreover, a search of the airliners.net photo database for MD-80/Delta Air Lines/Salt Lake City produced no matches.
For what reason(s) has Delta not scheduled their MD-80s on flights to/from SLC?
PeachAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4544 times:
Copaair737 is correct. This aircraft does not perform well (economiclly) at these high altitude airports. YES it can operate safely, but does not operate scheduled service in to SLC because of the limitations that altitude and summer heat place on the aircraft. MTOW and CLW and RATOW are all impacted by the MD-88's performance in "hot and high" airports.
KateAV8 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 99 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4539 times:
My roommate is a manager in the Maintenance Dept at Delta/Hartsfield - he says MD-88s don't have the performance to fly into SLC - As Copaair737 said, too hot/high. MD-90s and 737s are a better fit. Hope that helps.
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DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8962 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4305 times:
In addition, I think part of the reason is that the MD-88s work a lot better out East because of the route network. The MD-88 is a great plane for short hops, which Delta has many of ex-ATL and CVG, but not as much ex-SLC. The 737 has overall better performance on some of these longer pokes (greater than 500 miles) than the MD-88 does.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
Well guys, I fly in and out of SLC several times a year (I go to school in Northern Utah), and I could be mistaken, but I could've SWORN that I've seen Delta MD-80's in SLC before. In fact, I'm almost sure of it.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5332 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4048 times:
Well, its not that they can't operate them there. The fact that other airlines fly MD80s into SLC has no bearing on DL's decision. Operating a large number of MD88s that are less econimical to fly than other aircraft in the fleet-is not utilizing resources to the full advantage. As far as the poster stating that he saw MD88s--they were more than likely MD90s.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2069 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3949 times:
Denver is 1000 feet higher than SLC and Delta operates MD-88's DEN-ATL. I think they operated them out of Stapleton too. The hot high performance is the reason and the proximity of the SLC to the mountains, plus the runways run north and south
Sllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3876 times:
AA's MD-80's also have MRTG, meaning they seat about 16 people less than DL's birds... ar 210 pounds per person, that means they are full up with 3360 pounds less; combined with fairly short routes, it makes sense that AA can operate them from SLC where DL would not.