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What Is Delta Shuttle?  
User currently offlineContinentalGuy From United States of America, joined May 2006, 90 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8426 times:

What is Delta Shuttle? Is it really different or a clever gimmick?

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User currently onlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3784 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8415 times:

The Delta Shuttle's a service operated on MD-88s offering hourly flights connecting LGA, BOS & DCA. IIRC, the planes are in an all-coach configuration. In the past, they've operated 727s, 738s & 733s on these flights before the MD-88s were added.

Not sure what you mean by "clever gimmick". I don't know if they offer anything special on these flights as I've never been on one, but I think the hourly schedule is one thing that sets it apart.

DeltaRules

[Edited 2006-06-23 05:58:56]


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User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8371 times:

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 1):
the planes are in an all-coach configuration

These seats have more legroom and pitch than the mainline fleet's. The Shuttle MD-88s accommodate 134 passengers, while the mainline MD-88s accommodate 142 passengers, 14 in first and 128 in coach.

http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...ypes_layout/md88_shuttle/index.jsp

http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...craft_types_layout/md-88/index.jsp



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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4405 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8336 times:
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Quoting Dalb777 (Reply 2):
These seats have more legroom and pitch than the mainline fleet's. The Shuttle MD-88s accommodate 134 passengers, while the mainline MD-88s accommodate 142 passengers, 14 in first and 128 in coach.

That's strange.. I would of thought they would have the first class on the shuttle routes and all coach on the others.



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User currently offlineAirzim From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2001, 1210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8309 times:

Unlike mainline, the also provide a free snack and free alcohol. The tickets are fully flexible so you're allowed to standby for any flight that day as long as they're seats.

Lastly in good weather they de-plane from the front and rear airstairs. You can be out of the plane and in a taxi in 5 minutes.

Best thing about Delta


User currently offlineFlyswim From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8269 times:

wasn't Delta in the process of changing the shuttle fleet over to 737s or airbus at one point? presume that got put on hold with ch. 11.

User currently offlineFlypdx From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8259 times:

Quoting Flyswim (Reply 5):
wasn't Delta in the process of changing the shuttle fleet over to 737s or airbus at one point? presume that got put on hold with ch. 11.

I doubt they were ever considering Airbus, since they are a boeing airline. They did fly 733s and 738s at one point on the shuttle routes


User currently offlineJascmil From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8252 times:

I'm rather fond of the Delta Shuttle...I take it quite frequently between DCA and LGA. It's comfortable (more leg room), quick, and efficient. Boarding and seating is simply first come/first serve -- there are no seat assignments and passengers simply line up when the doors are opened. Departing through the rear stairwell on the MD-88 is also a nice treat -- deplaning moves much more quickly. The Delta Shuttle Terminal at LGA is also convenient and quick -- although I rarely check luggage on these flights, when I do, my bag is usually already in the terminal by the time I get off the plane.

Passengers also have access to a complimentary newsstand and receive a snack bag on every flight. As mentioned previously, alcohol is complimentary. Did I hear a rumor that the Shuttle will be folded back into DL mainline?


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1886 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8177 times:
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Quoting Jascmil (Reply 7):
Did I hear a rumor that the Shuttle will be folded back into DL mainline?

Delta Shuttle is operated by DL employees, I don't see any real benefit of "folding them in" as they are already in just using the M8X instead of M88 a/c.



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User currently offlineJascmil From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8140 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 8):
Delta Shuttle is operated by DL employees, I don't see any real benefit of "folding them in" as they are already in just using the M8X instead of M88 a/c.

Perhaps I should've been a bit more clear. I heard, just through chatter on one of my flights, that Shuttle service would be ending soon and "regular" DL flights would return. By "regular" DL flights, I mean assigned seating, no newsstand, no snack bag, and the return of a first class product. Pardon my ignorance on the topic...I'm just a passenger.


User currently offlineWorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8057 times:

I doubt it. The Shuttle is a premium product and DL maintains premium revenue even with LFC growth in similar Shuttle markets.

DL just upgraded the facility at the Marine Air Terminal in partnership w/ Amex so it's pretty apparent the Shuttle will only get stronger.

DL does have the largest market share in the LGA Shuttle markets and has maintained it since acquiring the Shuttle from Pan Am.


User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2646 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8044 times:

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 1):
I don't know if they offer anything special on these flights as I've never been on one, but I think the hourly schedule is one thing that sets it apart.

Like others said some of the distinctions are:

-There are complimentary nice beverages and snacks available
-Use of the rear door for quicker ground time
-Use of the Marine Air Terminal @ LGA - a real treat
-All coach seating w/ extra pitch - the 'shuttle config' if you ever had a 738 in ATL with it. The extra 2 or 3 inches of pitch is nice.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8903 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7998 times:

Also, I know at BOS, there is a dedicated security line for the Shuttle to allow for passengers to get to the gate quicker. One of the biggest things the Shuttle advertises is that you can get from the curb to sitting on the plane in under 20 minutes; I've parked at the airport at 547 a.m. before and still made the 600 a.m. shuttle before without rushing.

I doubt the Shuttle would fold back into regular mainline. The DL Shuttle is more or less dominating the US Airways Shuttle to NYC, and I believe is also beating the Acela and the other (CO to EWR, AAEagle to JFK/LGA/EWR) choices as well, and part of the reason why is because it's an upscale travel experience compared to the others.

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User currently offlinePanamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4914 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7993 times:
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The Shuttle is just about the most civilized and hassle-free air travel experience one can find these days within the U.S., especially during weekdays when it's filled mostly with business travellers. Almost everyone on board knows the drill; nobody gives anyone else any hassles; people know where to go, where to sit, what to do at security checkpoints, etc. Plus the Marine Air Terminal is so easy to navigate; disembarking is quick and within a few minutes, you are already in the taxi queue.
It's one of the few remaining pleasures of domestic U.S. travel.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7960 times:

Quoting ContinentalGuy (Thread starter):
What is Delta Shuttle?

Here's the story on the shuttle:

Delta Purchased the Shuttle ops from Pan Am
Pan Am Purchased the Shuttle ops from New York Air
(when Texas Air purchased Eastern, the DOT would not allow Texas Air to operate both)
Texas Air set up the New York Air Shuttle in '80, to compete against Eastern.

US Air took over the operations of the Trump Shuttle
(Trump Shuttle never turned a profit. The high debt load incurred in the company's formation unnerved Trump's creditors as his other high profile, highly leveraged interests failed. In September 1990 the loans were defaulted and ownership of the airline passed to its creditor banks, led by Citicorp. With airline share prices depressed by the recession and anticipation of the Gulf War, they were unable to sell the operation at a desired price despite lengthy negotiations first with Northwest Airlines, then American Airlines and US Air Group.

The banks finally negotiated a complex marketing arrangement in which US Air Group would assume 40% ownership and agree to manage the operation for ten years, including fares, financial record keeping, advertising, promotions, aircraft maintenance, and labor relations. The same agreement gave USAir an option to purchase the entire shuttle operation on or after October 10, 1996 with an exclusive right to do so until April 10, 1997. On April 7, 1992 Trump Shuttle ceased to exist when it was merged into a new corporation, Shuttle, Inc., which began operating as the USAir Shuttle on April 12.

US Airways subsequently announced the purchase of the remainder of Shuttle, Inc. on November 19, 1997, and the service has since operated under the name US Airways Shuttle. Shuttle, Inc. remained as a subsidiary of US Airways Group until July 1, 2000, when it was merged into US Airways.)

Trump purchesed the Eastern Shuttle in 1989
(As the financial outlook for Eastern Air Lines became more pessimistic in the late 1980s, the carrier began to sell its routes and aircraft. It organized its profitable Northeastern air shuttle operation into a separate company headed by Bruce Nobles with the intent of selling it to raise cash. On October 5, 1988, amidst a prolonged mechanics strike action, real estate mogul Donald Trump arranged to purchase the shuttle. In June, 1989 the deal was completed, financed through a $380 million loan from a syndicate of 22 banks. The new airline began service as Trump Shuttle on June 7. Its IATA designator code was 'TB')

Eastern began shuttle ops in 1961
(In 1961 Eastern inaugurated the Eastern Air Shuttle, featuring hourly flights of Lockheed Constellations and Electras between New York-LaGuardia, Washington, D.C.-National, and Boston-Logan Airports.

The service emphasized convenience and simplicity—revolutionary in an era when air travel was both considered and expected to be a luxury. Not only were seat reservations not required, seat assignments were not given, and initially no check-in was required and no boarding passes were issued. Eastern guaranteed availability, however, and planes flew hourly whether empty or full. In the event of a full flight, Eastern simply added another aircraft. Jets were added in 1967 and the shuttle became all-jet in 1978 with a fleet of dedicated Boeing 727s.

The shuttle proved one of Eastern's most successful ventures. Other airlines, including Pan American World Airways, eventually set up competing services. In 1989, financially struggling Eastern sold the operation to real estate magnate Donald Trump, who rebranded it the Trump Shuttle.)


User currently offlineDartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7920 times:
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Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 12):
The DL Shuttle is more or less dominating the US Airways Shuttle to NYC, and I believe is also beating the Acela and the other (CO to EWR, AAEagle to JFK/LGA/EWR) choices as well

Anyone actually have stats on this?

I'm partial to the US Shuttle --- they use nice 319s and seat assignments. They also have a free-newspaper boarding area at LGA (although definitely not as nice/convenient as the Marine Air Terminal). I don't disagree that the DL one is more successful or better, just saying US shuttle is great also.

Another big thing about the Shuttle is that the planes literally shuttle back and forth. That is why the BOS-PHL flight is often called a "pseduo-shuttle"...even though it's every hour, the planes go through PHL and circulate all over the system (including Carribbean, Mexico, west coast, etc.) That means there is less control over delays, etc.

Also, DL used to have the policy where they'd pull another plane up if the shuttle went out with people still waiting to ensure you'd never get stuck...but they abandoned that a few years ago.

Finally -- one thing I will refute -- is that the Shuttle "beats" Acela. The Acela trains between Boston and Washington go out full every day. They are super convenient, super comfortable, and sometimes almost as fast when you factor in traffic getting to the airports. It's a matter of choice, but I'd say they have done a fanstastic job of stealing the customers from the Shuttles who want something more convenient and value time on the train while not needing to get to their destination quite as fast.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7918 times:

Quoting Dartland (Reply 15):
Also, DL used to have the policy where they'd pull another plane up if the shuttle went out with people still waiting to ensure you'd never get stuck...but they abandoned that a few years ago

This was the policy that Eastern began. An extra section was always on hand, even if only one Pax was waiting.


User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7878 times:

Quoting Iowaman (Reply 3):
That's strange.. I would of thought they would have the first class on the shuttle routes and all coach on the others.

The flight is very short...Besides, just about all of the regulars on the Delta Shuttle have some form of elite status so having first class seats on such a premium route would be difficult. Instead, the entire operation is catered to premium passengers and the difference truly shows. Flying the Delta Shuttle is an absolute pleasure!

Quoting Panamair (Reply 13):
The Shuttle is just about the most civilized and hassle-free air travel experience one can find these days within the U.S., especially during weekdays when it's filled mostly with business travellers. Almost everyone on board knows the drill; nobody gives anyone else any hassles; people know where to go, where to sit, what to do at security checkpoints, etc. Plus the Marine Air Terminal is so easy to navigate; disembarking is quick and within a few minutes, you are already in the taxi queue.
It's one of the few remaining pleasures of domestic U.S. travel.


Couldn't agree more. It has such a nice clientele as well. If you fly at certain times you are almost guaranteed to see very important politicians, businessmen, lawyers, actors, etc.

I felt bad when they got rid of the guaranteed seat rule not too long ago. Although I'm far from a regular on the Shuttle, as an admirer of the operation I could see why it was a nice perk.

Btw, one problem with the Delta Shuttle is the taxi queue at LGA. The last few times I was on the 7:30 DCA-LGA there was a huge line but very few taxis...I've noticed this several times now...Hopefully LGA will get on that (I know it's not Delta's fault).

[Edited 2006-06-23 16:19:23]

User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

One more pet peeve of mine...I HATE, HATE, HATE when DL F/As working the Shuttle runs announce it as "Delta flight XXXX"...Something about the "5:30 Shuttle to New York" sounds so much more elegant and classy!

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 16):
This was the policy that Eastern began. An extra section was always on hand, even if only one Pax was waiting.

Does anyone know how DL handles this now? I remember some talk about them having RJs on hand but as far as I remember they were tweaking with it...


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

Just thought I'd add this again (an ad for the NY Shuttle)

RE: NY Commercial (by Dtwclipper May 16 2006 in Civil Aviation)#ID2773519

[Edited 2006-06-23 16:20:43]

User currently offlineAirzim From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2001, 1210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7782 times:

BTW,

The walkup fare on the Shuttle is nearly $300 one way. It is not cheap. I take the Shuttle every week and it is never more than 50% full. Of course I'm doing the inverse commute as I live in NY and fly to DCA and BOS.

However I agree that it is the only civilized way to fly. You can show up to the gate 1 minute before push back and they'll still let you on. I also agree that the taxi situation at the MAT is less than ideal. But still infinitely preferable to the horror that is Terminal C at EWR taxi queue. What a disgrace.

You also tend to see the same cabin crew over and over. For the most part the nicest bunch of FA you'll ever encounter. Again probably because the business folks on the flights are well behaved, know the routine, and the flight is short.

See I can compliment Delta on things they do well!


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7736 times:

Quoting Airzim (Reply 20):
The walkup fare on the Shuttle is nearly $300 one way. It is not cheap. I take the Shuttle every week and it is never more than 50% full.

I've found that it mostly depends on time. If you take a 7:30AM or 4:30 PM it will likely be more packed....

Quoting Airzim (Reply 20):
You also tend to see the same cabin crew over and over. For the most part the nicest bunch of FA you'll ever encounter. Again probably because the business folks on the flights are well behaved, know the routine, and the flight is short.

Very true...I posted about this a few months ago. I was wondering if DL had dedicated Shuttle F/As but apparantly they are just normal NYC based F/As....I assume it is a new bunch since the MD-80 was put in the Shuttle fleet.


User currently offlineTinPusher007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7727 times:

Heres what I want to know. Why did DL abandon Shuttle service on BOS-DCA-BOS while US still operates it. And also, why did US abandon the shuttle tittles on its aircraft? They don't really advertise as US Airways Shuttle, just hourly flights between the NY, DC and BOS.


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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Quoting TinPusher007 (Reply 22):
Why did DL abandon Shuttle service on BOS-DCA-BOS while US still operates it.

Not sure about that but as far as I know, their LGA-BOS is more profitable than their LGA-DCA operation...

Quoting TinPusher007 (Reply 22):
, why did US abandon the shuttle tittles on its aircraft?

US folded their Shuttle fleet into their mainline Airbus fleet. Aircraft flying the Shuttle runs are normal A319s with first-class seats and regular legroom. They did this to get better utilization on their aircraft.


User currently offlineTinPusher007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7679 times:

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 23):
Not sure about that but as far as I know, their LGA-BOS is more profitable than their LGA-DCA operation...

Well, they still fly LGA-DCA on the shuttle. BOS-DCA-BOS has gone to Comair. I was just curious about that. Im surprised DALPA didn't raise hell when they switched.



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25 OttoPylit : Yea, you would think with all of the politicians that work in DC but live or have homes in Boston, that it would make sense. I guess DL decided they
26 Mikephotos : Unless things have changed, preassigned seats are not offered on US Shuttle either. Mike
27 BlueFlyer : Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that I read somewhere that, as per some IATA regulation now cancelled, operating a service marketed as
28 DualQual : Granted this is a few years ago now (we are talking 727's were still the shuttle airframe) but when my old man was flying the shuttle it was sort of i
29 Post contains links Jfrworld : Does anyone know who Donald Trump outbid for the Eastern Shuttle? HP believe it or not. HP put in an offer, but was outbid by DT. This was right befo
30 Dartland : They were through 2003. Can't speak for the last 3 years...
31 ScottB : But you'll get more legroom (but less seat width) on the Delta Shuttle unless you're one of the lucky few who can score an upgrade on the US Airways
32 BA747400 : I have flown on Delta Shuttle from BOS-LGA and back....fantastic flights. As previously stated, they used to be, or may still be, on planes with more
33 Flyingchoirboy : I flew a DL shuttle MD88 when it was an equipment replacement for BOS-ATL in April 2006, and it was very nice.
34 ATLflyer : What is in the snack bag?
35 Halls120 : But in DC, they seem to always have a "relief" aircraft sitting off to the south of the B terminal in case of a mechanical failure to one of the shut
36 Airzim : In the morning, a bagel. Afternoon and evening is a small sandwich, little candy bar, crackers and cheese. Sam Adams and Miller Light in half size ca
37 Goodmanr : the last time i flew it there was no pre-assigned seating...but i've been flying the US shuttle almost exclusively now as the terminal in NY is much
38 DL4EVR : A SkyDeli type thing?
39 RJpieces : An MD-88? I don't think I've seen that...
40 Thegooddoctor : The shuttle fleet was actually at one point all 737s - 738s for a while, then the 733 was added. Now they have the MD88 in addition. I've done both t
41 Srbmod : Delta has never operated the 732 on their Delta Shuttle routes. They started out with the 727-200s, then replaced those with the 738, and post 9/11,
42 Jetstar : From what I have read about the Acela train service between New York City and Washington DC is that the Acela service carries more passengers a day t
43 A330323X : That used to be the case, but not anymore. DL only carries slightly more pax than US on the LGA-BOS route, though DL has a good deal more O&D pax. DL
44 Srbmod : Only because due to the increased airport security, the amount of time it takes to fly LGA-DCA on one of the Shuttle flights is slightly more than th
45 Post contains images Jascmil : Just took did a quick one-day turnaround on the DL Shuttle, DCA-LGA-DCA, yesterday -- breakfast snack was a raisin bagel, evening snack was cheese an
46 Phatfarmlines : The non-meal time flights are listed as a "refreshment", while meal time flights are listed as a "snack" (similar to Skydeli). What time did your fli
47 Georgetown : Can't say I agree with that one. While I love the Acela, it has never once beat the shuttle from downtown DC to mid-town Manhattan in all my travels
48 WesternA318 : Dont forget that America West put in a bid for the Eastern Shuttle, and lost out to Trump.
49 CRGsFuture : You have to realize, Acela and DL Shuttle cater to different people. Shuttle is for people in a hurry like last minute business or leisure travelers t
50 RJpieces : On that note, how come they do not let you select a seat when you check-in online? Every time I've flown the US Shuttle, I have to change my seat at
51 TinPusher007 : Im inclined to strongly disagree with this statment, but I can't support it with fact. If it were the most profitable, why is US the only airline fly
52 RJpieces : I second A330323X. It's a goldmine for them. I don't have a complete list for you, but as an example I was routed LGA-DCA-FLL before US restarted its
53 Artiefufkin : Where are you getting these numbers? I show Delta having 50% of the market. US/AA/MISC divide up the rest. I would guess US has 40% of the market. So
54 ArtieFufkin : The above figure is cited was LGA-DCA. DL has 54% of LGA-BOS. US/AA/MISC together have 46%. That would put US into the mid 30s for market share.[Edite
55 Mikephotos : I'm assuming with US directly or at the airport because I just tried on a passenger I booked for later today LGA-BOS and it's listed has "‡PRS REST
56 RJpieces : If you check-in online, you will be given a seat assignment. At the airport you can change it if desired.
57 Post contains images Positiverate : A clever gimmick that has been around for about 15 years... Right on. It is a great experience (from someone who flies them ratehr frequently). They
58 RJpieces : Like I said earlier, it all depends on where you are going in NYC & DC.
59 Dtwclipper : How about 45 years. Eastern began shuttle ops in 1961.
60 RJpieces : I assume he meant Delta's takeover of the Shuttle system. Anyone have memories of when Pan Am operated the Shuttle from the MAT? Did they ever have A
61 Dtwclipper : No it was a 727-200 operation. Yes, it was.
62 Positiverate : Correct.
63 TinPusher007 : If you say so. Like I said, I have no facts, myself. Right, because DL doesn't operate a hub at DCA. Okay, but if this is the most profitable route i
64 ArtieFufkin : The premium business traveler will gravitate towards the hourly shuttle service regardless of airline loyalty. Delta would get some die hard frequent
65 M180up : it's the same response for reservation agents at US, the only way to get a seat assigment before getting to the airport is with online check-in, but
66 RJpieces : By my definition of a hub, US does not operate one at DCA either. BOS,LGA,DCA aren't meant to be hub cities. US certainly has a larger presence than
67 M180up : Because the shuttle market it's supposed to be for walk up passengers, buying tickets at last minute, if you check the loads of the flights days befo
68 TinPusher007 : Thanx for the info...that makes sense. Though the CRJ is pitiful, they should throw some E170's on BOS-DCA-BOS when Shuttle America gets more.
69 Post contains images A330323X : I'm inclined to strongly think that most people here are more likely to believe something I state as fact about US rather than your gut feelings abou
70 TinPusher007 : When you say in the US system, do you mean US Airways or the United States? I was thinking you meant United States, which is why I was inclined to di
71 JetBlueGuy2006 : Yeah, When I flew TPA-ATL, there was a B737 with the DL Shuttle title. It was really nice, although I don't know what a DL Shuttle a/c is doing @ TPA
72 Post contains images A330323X : US Airways; it doesn't make any sense otherwise. And you believe what you will, it doesn't matter to me.
73 RJpieces : You likely saw a 737 that used to be part of the Delta Shuttle operation but is now part of the normal Delta 737 fleet (just not repainted yet in reg
74 DeltaMIA : Accpeting connecting passengers and their luggage will bring down the reliability of the operation. Do you know how difficult it would be to transfer
75 AltairF28 : DL also used to fly a Shuttle 738 ATL-Florida on weekends when demand for the Shuttle was lower. The plane would fly BOS-ATL late Friday and RON. On
76 RJpieces : I wonder if they still do this now. If I remember correctly they have 8 or 9 MD-80s in the Shuttle fleet and certainly don't need that many to operat
77 Mikephotos : Yes, they do. I've seen Shuttle MD-80's at non-Shuttle airports, just like the 737's. Mike
78 WesternA318 : ex-Shuttle 738s stop in here at SLC quite frequently...
79 NYCFlyer : Hey, great thread! I flew LGA-DCA yesterday on DL Shuttle, and returned this morning. Great service, although the food quality has gone downhill a bit
80 Post contains links Nlspot2004 : Here some pictures. http://www1.airpics.com/showimg.php?imgid=47205 http://www1.airpics.com/showimg.php?imgid=98540
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