Wmupilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 11 Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
Several good events have happened in the past few months that have really shown the traveling public that ATA is not to be counted out so quickly. In a recent article Chris Barnett praised ATA on the makeover that the airline has undergone. http://www.zyworld.com/brancatelli/cbarnettorg.htm Also ATA was ranked number 2 for Ontime performance http://www.bts.gov/oai/airline_ontime_performance/ The airline is also going to be aquiring several exNational 757-200s to add to the fleet. Also from what i've heard that the junkbonds have been signed and the debt payment has been settled. Rumors but no real word from the company yet. Also it looks as to ATA Connection is going to be aquiring 23 SAAB 2000s to replace the aging yet reliable SAAB 340Bs.
Looks like ATA as a company and an Airline is in a better situation and will be around to stay for some time.
Vanguard737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 687 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2145 times:
Now if ATA would just focus on serving her employees, everything would be blue skies! Don't get me wrong iots a great company to work for but they screw us out of pay. Also, the work load expected of us ramp rats is probably higher than any other airline in the US. I have reepeatedly been called off break to fill in gaps at other gates because we just can't keep employees.
Capt078 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2063 times:
i'd like to see better connection times. given the heightened competition among airlines, particularly with regards to transcontinental service, i often have difficulty buying an ata ticket, when i can buy another airline's ticket for the same price, but with better connection times. otherwise, ata is great!
also, great to hear the saab 2000s are coming; awesome planes. however, one has to wonder why they would use such a large turbo prop rather than regional jet.
Flyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2047 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
"also, great to hear the saab 2000s are coming; awesome planes. however, one has to wonder why they would use such a large turbo prop rather than regional jet."
It comes down to a few different reasons...first these Saab 2000s will cost a ton less to acquire because they are used as opposed to being new. Also, operating cost. The regional jets have proven to be a difficult thing for the low cost/fare carriers unless they fill 80% of the seats (ala Jet Connect). What I am confused at is why would we replace our backbone right now? They are doing wonders for us and are our workhorse. The only reason I can think of would be the fact there is no commonality. But we'll see...I'd like to see the 340s for some of the thinner routes or for frequency and the 2000s for expansion and range.
Jjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
No one seems to know where ATA is going with the "6 or 8, 757-200's" (sic) because we aren't going anywhere new with them per se. They will be used primarily for system spares -- a luxury we have not had in some time -- and to add frequency and right size our flying.
Vanguard -- what's the problem with working hard at work? Try a day in a C8 outstation where agents are cross-utilized and you'll be begging to go back to MDW and load a GDL flight. Getting screwed out of pay? You guys are union, correct? I'm sure you're at the top of your game if you take the time to contribute to this forum, but, from what I've observed waiting for flights in MDW, y'all have some real characters as coworkers.
Cb777 -- I'm not sure where you got your number from, but NY flights tend to go out more than half full most of the time when I'm looking at them. The SFO flights are light, but, remember that the red-eye is all gravy. The airplane would be sitting overnight in SFO in between Hawaii turns if we didn't fly the transcon with it. As long as direct operating costs are covered, we're in good shape.
I'd be surprised to see a Saab 2000 announcement anytime soon. ATA's debt load is high and isn't shrinking with the addition of more mainline a/c. C8 is the ATA step-child and will only see a new fleet when it befits ATA to give us such. Undoubtedly we will eventually operate a larger turboprop as opposed to RJs for the reasons enumerated above.
The connection times in MDW will be improving as more of our new gates come online in MDW next year. This will top off the MDW flying and from there we might be able to look at lowering the minimum connection time -- at least between certain flights. Remember, MDW is largely O&D traffic -- connx opportunities are gravy.
Pitch ranges from 30-to-33 inches across the mainline fleet.
Great job to all in achieving record punctuality numbers!
ATA767 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1721 times:
"They will be used primarily for system spares -- a luxury we have not had in some time -- and to add frequency and right size our flying" 2 or 3 A/C for spares sound feasible but that leaves 4-6 to do what? You could start up a whole airline with a few hundred employees with 4-6 planes. I hear something is brewing in terms of beefing up in an existing city.
"I doesn't show on their pax boarding. Here in ewr, they are lucky to get 47% full on flts to MDW and SFO" I know for a fact that their loads from EWR-MDW are 70%+ on average. That means they are making money based on their CASM. EWR-SFO have been sold out on some days but light on others (during the week). I think it is a shame that CO is wasting gas trying to blow the route for them with their increased frequencies. How are their (CO)loads anyone care to comment?
Wmupilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1603 times:
I would look for an existing city to get an increase in frequency and also to give us some operational spares incase of maintence problems. The 753's have started to make inland appearances instead of being sent to the West Coast to service Hawaii.
Flyguyclt From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 537 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1588 times:
A very good friend of mine had to go last minute business. He called me and asked me about ATA. I told him that I would fly them and that the rumor mill says they really have gotten their act together. The last time we had flown them was in 1996 from HNL to LAX on an L-1011. The crew was great. But we vowed never again.
So he got a ticket on them. CLT MDW LAX and back. Flew on the 738 and 752. When he got to LAX he phoned to say how impressed he was. And that ATA had done a better job than the company I have flown for, for 14 years. He had a great flight with ATA but lost his passes from me and my airline
ATA767 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1393 times:
ATA has really changed. They have to do a better PR job but I know they are working on it. Their service is being beefed up in many ways and would not be surprised if they started offering business class on some flights.