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Airtran 737-700 Routes Still Being Determined?  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4129 times:

I was just looking at a business trip back east, from Denver, and came up with this:

Mon 23-Aug-04

Denver (DEN)
Depart 7:50 am to Atlanta (ATL)
Arrive 12:36 pm
Terminal N 1207 mile(s)
(1942 km)
Duration: 2hr 46mn

Flight: 1700

Economy/Coach Class, Boeing 737-700, 90% on time


I thought the Denver route was to be served exclusively with the 717. Looks like Airtran liked the performance of the 737 on the Denver route and wants to put it back on the route. Anybody know something here?



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User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1606 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

Currently the 737 is operating two flights a day to DEN from ATL (the 3rd and sometimes 4th use 717s) and a couple a day from ATL to MCO and TPA. Beginning in September they will also be flying two a day ATL-SFO and one ATL-LAX.

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7521 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4055 times:

I thought the Denver route was to be served exclusively with the 717. Looks like Airtran liked the performance of the 737 on the Denver route and wants to put it back on the route. Anybody know something here?

I believe that the DEN-ATL routes may have been proven to be too long of a range for the 717; I thought that these routes in the past have been handled by the Ryan International A320s. Any 717 flights to/from DEN, to my knowledge, would most likely be going to/from DFW.

I could be mistaken on this.


[Edited 2004-07-22 17:30:56]


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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

No, no. DEN has recieved nonstop flights from ATL with thew 717. . .it was like that for a very long time, from the very beginning of DEN service by Airtran. Yes, it was Airtran's longest 717 route.

Thanks for the info.



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4016 times:

This is correct for FL is using on the 717 route to DEN.

User currently offlineRumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

Actually the 717 flys MSP-MCO and that is longer than ATL-DEN.

If you look at the schedule it looks like the 737s will take over all the Ryan flying by NOV 12th. I think come Sept. ATL-DEN goes back to all 717.


User currently offlineLrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

What about LAX-HNL and LAS-HNL...I made a new thread for that.


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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

I think the 737 is better on fuel for the longer flights. The 717 can reach most of the routes, but is a better jet for the short hops up and down the east coast, Florida and the midwest. They are probably just trying to use each type where it can be the most efficient.

User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3778 times:

You know what really gets me? In this month's Airways magazine, the president of AirTran, Joe Leonard is quoted as saying, "we just can't get the numbers to work on the winglets". That just boggles my mind. How can he say that? You (AirTran) cannot spend $1 million on a set of winglets that will save you 5% to 8% of your fuel burn on each flight? I could understand, possibly, if they were going to do short hauls with the 737's, but that isn't the case. They were mainly intended to do the long hauls and replace Ryanair.

Seems to me that Southwest, ATA, and I even think Aloha, could make the numbers work with the winglets, why can't AirTran? I would think that anything that WN did, I'd certainly want to try it also, because you know WN looked at that issue backwards, forwards, upside down, etc.....before they decided to add the winglets.

Just a really stupid decision to not put them on the planes if you ask me.


Jay


User currently offlineAirtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
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Look at the route map. Most of our flying is under two hours. It doesn't make sense to put the winglets on the planes. Word has it that when we option up to the 737-800, the 800 will have the winglets.


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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3765 times:

because the winglets slow ya down!!!

-n


User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

AirTran has told the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) that MSP will receive B737-700 service towards the end of the year. My guess is that MSP-MCO will no longer by FLs longest B717 flight.

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

You know what really gets me? In this month's Airways magazine, the president of AirTran, Joe Leonard is quoted as saying, "we just can't get the numbers to work on the winglets".

Think about it....its all about WEIGHT and balance.



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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

No AirframeAS, it is NOT about WEIGHT and balance.............

Are you saying that WN and ATA have problems with weight and balance on their aircraft that have the winglets? I don't think so. The winglets DO cost more obviously and they aren't just giving them away, yet I would think that over the course of the aircraft's lifetime, the winglets could cause their fuel savings to be over $1 million dollars, which is about how much a pair cost these days.

Airtran737, yes, most of your flying is under two hours, yet you can't tell me that all these new 737's are going to be flying two hour segments. These new aircraft are going to be used for longer hauls to such city pairs as
ATL-LAX, ATL-LAS, ATL-SFO, etc.........the winglets save money. It is that simple and for AirTran's management team to not get them, makes no sense to me. A bad decision in my opinion.


Jay


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

You (AirTran) cannot spend $1 million on a set of winglets that will save you 5% to 8% of your fuel burn on each flight?

First off, nobody has ever claimed 5% to 8%, even Boeing.

Secondly, obviously Leonard doesn't believe they will get those savings, or he would have ordered them.

N


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

I swear I have seen the ads on the back of Air Transport World and the other mags such as Airliners and Airways and am almost certain they claim a fuel savings of that amount.............no matter what, to me, if they save fuel, they save $$$$.............you would just write off the cost of them over a longer period of time.

As I said earlier, if WN believes they can help save WN some $$$$, I'd be ordering them on my planes also............copycat or not...........

Maybe they wanted to spend that $1 million they save on each aircraft for that wonderful new paint scheme somebody came up with.... Smile


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5814 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3537 times:

Sorry, Gigneil, everybody claims 5% or 6%. Aviation Partners Boeing claims this. The copy of their ad on August 2004 issue of AIRWAYS reads, "Blended winglets cut soaring fuel costs by up to 5%."

Jay, I am inclined to agree with you, though not as strongly. Southwest put them on, and we all know they fly their -700s on short (as in, LESS THAN ONE HOUR) hops like BWI-CMH. WN has very few transcon routes, compared to the large number of -700s they are fitting winglets to. But if WN figured it made cents, why didn't AirTran jump for it? They're doing the ATL-LAX/etc stuff... oh well, it's their money.

R


User currently offlineTriJetFan1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3528 times:
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Doesnt FL fly Atlanta-Moline/Quad City on a 737-700?


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

The #1 reason why AirTran's 737-700s do not have winglets is due to the tight gate layout @ ATL. If they still had everything set up the way it was prior to the 4 gates they added on C in late 1999-early 2000, then they might have gotten them. Those winglets are not cheap, and with space on the ramp at many gates being so tight, they'd probably have to replace several winglets at month if they had them.

User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

That is a terrible reason for not getting the winglets! They could put the 737's down at gates 1 and 2 or whatever those gates are number at the very end of Terminal C, next to that runway...............

Just a dumb move in my opinion...............

You have to realize, even though AirTran has turned it around and is doing quite well, they have a lot of USAirways management on board and lets face it, USAirways management hasn't been doing too well the past few years....

One other thing, when most of the media mentions low cost carriers, they only mention WN and B6..........maybe the media thinks those two are the only ones who are "doing it right" in terms of operational strategy for a LCC?


Jay


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Just how much does one winglet alone weigh? Probably depends on the type of composite used.


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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

One other thing, when most of the media mentions low cost carriers, they only mention WN and B6..........maybe the media thinks those two are the only ones who are "doing it right" in terms of operational strategy for a LCC?

Southwest and especially JetBlue are media darlings. A lot of the same reporters that wet themselves over JetBlue still think AirTran = ValuJet, and don't bother with them.

But rest assured there's some hack out there just waiting for a small scrap of bad news about JetBlue so he can pounce on them with an Enquirer-style screaming headline about some rumor of a minor screwup.



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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

That is a terrible reason for not getting the winglets! They could put the 737's down at gates 1 and 2 or whatever those gates are number at the very end of Terminal C, next to that runway

So restrict the 737 to only 2 gates at the hub, when they will outnumber the 717s in a few years?

Here's my prediction (and this is purely speculation on my part): AirTran has said they are going spend some time beefing up point-to-point schedules between the cities they already serve, bypassing Atlanta. (For example, the new CAK-BOS, PHF-BOS, and DFW-LAX flights.) Since a lot of these flights will likely have lower loads than the connecting flights, the point-to-point schedules will be served by the 717s while the slightly larger 73Gs will take over a majority of the hub flying. This will lead to mostly 73Gs in Atlanta. Again, this is just my opinion, we'll have to wait until a lot more of the 37s are delivered before we see anything like this.



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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
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Actually Jay AirTran is composed of mostly ex Northwest management. Some guys have been at US, but the vast majority have been boys from NW. Joe Leonard, Jack Smith, JP Dagon, Susan Manfreddi, Stan Gadek, Bob Fornaro, Loral Blinde, and countless station managers are all former NW employees.


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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3439 times:

Were they not from Eastern before that?

25 Airtran737 : Leonard, and Kolski were. I'm not sure about the others.
26 JayDavis : AirTran737, here is what your own web site says about Bob Fornaro. From 1992 to 1998, Fornaro served as senior vice president - planning for US Airway
27 Elwood64151 : You know what really gets me? In this month's Airways magazine, the president of AirTran, Joe Leonard is quoted as saying, "we just can't get the numb
28 Airtran737 : Did I not say that some of them were at US? They all ended up at NW and formed the good old boys club, and then moved it to FL
29 Srbmod : They've had a few other ex-NW people blow through there, Marilyn Rogers, who was Sr. VP-Customer Service several years back came to FL from NW, and wa
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