Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
I don't think Mesa will keep the 328s around as they'll probably replace them with a type already in the Mesa stable, more than likely they'll add more CRJ-200s or maybe the Embraer 145 (I do find it odd that they have both the CRJ-100/200 and the ERJ-145 in their fleet). Or they could order some ERJ-135s to replace the 328s with. If Mesa's offer is unsuccessful, I see ACA's plans in regards to Delta Connection service stay the same, or maybe even grow more. If Mesa is successful in taking over ACA, those 328s will be swiftly dumped, probably below market value to someone like Great Plains.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 16888 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1282 times:
DCI does not own the 328s, ACA owns them. Yes DCI, is not a big fan of the 328s because of the dispatch reliabilty (they have twice the number of MX CXs compared to the CRJs), but the only other choices in that seating range are turboprops.
B4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2595 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
I have heard from a Comair gate agent and an ACA pilot (for a CRJ) that the DoJos are a maintenance headache.
From the passenger side, I actually like that aircraft better than a CRJ. Further, I like how DL Connection staffs it - the FA wears DL uniform, announces the flight as "Delta Connection flight 6XXX operated by Atlantic Coast..." Where Comair and ASA announce it as Comair or ASA flight, leaving out the Delta Connection part most of the time.
That in my opinion, streamlines the customer experience.
ATL2CDG From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 296 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1068 times:
Actually, ASA crews are instructed to announce flights as 'Delta Connection flight 4XXX operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.' However, given that ASA has been around since 1979, it's people, especially the more senior flight attendants and pilots, are accustomed to the 'older version' of identifying things, etc. Personally, I'd prefer that we all announce the same, dress the same, serve the same, etc, however, with DCI allowing each carrier to operate independently with a lot leeway, it's difficult to create uniformity throughout the system.
ASA management has repeatedly spoke of a 'seamless travel experience' for Delta's customers. However, with the same management unwilling to foot the cost of complete uniform replacement, failing to communicate with other DCI carriers and refusing to follow their own guidelines, I doubt that we'll see a major 'streamlining' of the customer experience.
DCI wants the job done at the cheapest price. Hello Chautauqua.