FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6608 posts, RR: 24 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
Starting in October, DL will retire 7 of the 19 ATR's that operate in the ASA fleet. ASA plans to continue operating the remaining 12 ATR's for the forseeable future...however maintaining such a small fleet isn't very economical. Leases on the remaining 12 do not expire until 2007.
The retiring ATR's will be replaced by CRJ-200's and CRJ-700's.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
That is so wrong, I love the ATR's. Such a nice airplane in my view. Hate the Rj's. I would take a nice ride on an ATR anytime over a CRJ. A friend of mine over at ASA told me that the majority of the ATR's will stay for quite a while because they are actually more economical to operate than an RJ. But I guess its eventual, given the large number of CRJ-200's and -700's coming online. Maybe they will just sort out the problematic ATR's to be removed from service.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6608 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2628 times:
You're right that the ATR's are more economical than RJ's on the short hops.
However, I believe that economy is offset by the fact that the ATR represents another fleet type for DL (ASA) to maintain. The ATR fleet is pretty small (19 at the moment) and it is costly to train pilots and provide maintenance for such a small fleet.
DL has to cut costs wherever they can and this is just another example.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2588 times:
I take it these would be the N5**AS birds? There are a total of 7 of them (according to my records), and these are the ex-Air New Zealand birds (the N6**AS series was ordered by ASA)...
Anyway, if it is the N5** series, I'm at least glad that I had the opportunity to spot them all (all I have left to spot for the fleet are N630AS and N642AS)...also, I just saw this, ASA had the second largest ATR fleet in the world (after American Eagle)...one of those little things I did not know...
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
The 500 series ATRs mentioned above have higher basic empty weights which often result in bumping large amount of payload especially for a route like ATL-GPT. They are very hard to work with during weather days with full load.