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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2425 times:

I was wondering if Delta has a dedicated group of Shuttle pilots and F/As or if they are just part of the normal MD-88 fleet, etc...Has it always been this way?

Thanks.

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User currently offlineAerlinguscargo From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2393 times:

The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.
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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2393 times:
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Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 1):
The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.

Check you facts they do in fact now use the MD 80's series for shuttle flights.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2393 times:

Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 1):
The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.

Wrong. All Shuttle flights are MD-88s now...saw a few of them at BOS tonight while waiting for my flight down to GSO.

Anyway, I don't know about Flight Attendants, but I do remember that I had a friend that flew 727s for the Shuttle and just flew the Shuttle routes...it might have to do with seniority, but I believe all pilots for the Shuttle are based out of the NYC domicile.

Jeff

[Edited 2006-02-06 04:17:59]

User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2378 times:

At DCA, our ID badge system has separate groups of employees for both the Delta and US Airways Shuttles.

User currently offlineSongStar From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

The pilots and f/as are just part of the regular crews...They can bid or are assigned shuttle rotations...

User currently offlineAerlinguscargo From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
Wrong. All Shuttle flights are MD-88s now...saw a few of them at BOS tonight while waiting for my flight down to GSO.

I stand corrected. When and why did they switch the equipment. I used to fly the shuttle a couple times a year, I flew on the 727's, and then later 738's (which have to have been my favorite aircraft shuttle trips). I knew they had downgraded the equipment to the 733's but i guess they have changed the fleet again.
sry
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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 6):
I stand corrected. When and why did they switch the equipment. I used to fly the shuttle a couple times a year, I flew on the 727's, and then later 738's (which have to have been my favorite aircraft shuttle trips). I knew they had downgraded the equipment to the 733's but i guess they have changed the fleet again.
sry
D

Change occurred in November or December, if I remember correctly. Reason for the change was that the 737-300s were being retired/returned to lessors, as they were a bit of an anomoly in Delta's fleet (very expensive subfleet used on the Shuttle). That left Delta searching for a new plane to put on there...they chose the MD-88s because (a) they have a ton of them (b) they operate at a much higher efficiency than a 737-800 on a 200-250 mile segment (c) it provides a small increase in seats (737-300s had 120 seats, MD-88s have 134, which is not a huge increase, but the -800s had 150 seats, which at this time is a little too large for a Shuttle. While I haven't flown the new MD-88s, I've talked to several people who have, they seem to really enjoy the fact that it's a quieter ride for most (due to engines in the back) and that the 2-3 configuration means 80% of the passengers get a window/aisle, while only 66.7% did on the 737.

Jeff


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
While I haven't flown the new MD-88s, I've talked to several people who have, they seem to really enjoy the fact that it's a quieter ride for most (due to engines in the back) and that the 2-3 configuration means 80% of the passengers get a window/aisle, while only 66.7% did on the 737.

At first I hated it, but after they refurbished them I've come to enjoy them very much. The only negative is if you are taking it during rush hour and get stuck in the back near the engines...


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

As for the pilots question...AFIK, the current shuttle routes are being flown by regular ATL and NYC based M88 crews, as if it was a mainline flight. Back when the 733 was operating the shuttles, those pilots were only Shuttle pilots, as the 733/73G was devoted soley to Shuttle.

DeltaGuy


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