DL763DFW From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 73 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3703 times:
Was browsing through the schedules today and noticed that Delta sent a 777 to DFW. It was flight 267 and then turned 973 back to ATL. Not sure of the reason for the equipment change, but the flight was full both ways. I think this is the first time they've had a regularly scheduled flight using this equipment. Last time I think a DL 777 was at DFW was when they bought em new back in the late 90s.
I know DL makes a lot of money from freight/cargo on this route, and looking at the computer, it went out with 40,000 pounds of cargo to DFW. Would be smart in my opinion to send more wide bodies to DFW. Even if they don't fill them up (which they usually do), the freight alone would pay for the trip.
If anyone got any pics of this bird in DFW, be sure and post them!
With their recent plans for expansion to Europe, I dont believe that will happen. All their widebodies will be used between hubs, across the pond, to hawaii, and to florida. I dont think DL has any widebodies to spare.
DL787932ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
Since there are currently only 8 DL 777s, and at least two are always needed for ATL-NRT (beyond the range of the 763ER), plus the high-business-demand ATL-EU routes, I doubt there will be many regularly scheduled intra-U.S. 777 routes on DL at least until they get the next five in a few years. They're not even shown as being available for charter.
IIRC, the main reasons they do short high-demand routes ex-ATL are to make money off a "spare" that's still nearby in case another needs maintenance and to increase utilization when the planes are between transcon flights.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3343 times:
Perhaps the routes that would normally use the 777s were cancelled or downgraded for the holidays. Continental has been doing the same for the holidays--767s went to FLL, TPA, LAS, LAX as well as Latin America--the 777s have been south of the border as well.
DeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3330 times:
Quoting Dartland (Reply 7): What is up with them using their 772s on domestic routes? Substituting for a 762 or 763 temporarily out of service?
DL has 2 spare 777's this month. Only 1 is scheduled to operate on its down time (LAX). The other sits around for 11 hours, so it has been substituted on various routes because of 757/767's being used for charters.
It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3033 times:
Quoting DL763DFW (Thread starter): Was browsing through the schedules today and noticed that Delta sent a 777 to DFW. It was flight 267 and then turned 973 back to ATL. Not sure of the reason for the equipment change, but the flight was full both ways.
It was an equipment sub for a 763 for the day. The flight continued on to JAX and it was Ship 7003. It is not uncommon for JAX to get 777's on a regular basis with aircraft swaps. Usually 4 or 5 times a year, but always a good sight. Good thing too, since the JAX flights were heavily overbooked and needed a larger ship.