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Delta Upgrading SLC-PIT To Mainline  
User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1606 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

Effective June 7, Delta will upgrade its Salt Lake City-Pittsburgh route to an MD-90 from a SkyWest CRJ-900, an increase of about 80 seats on the route. Seems like a pretty fast upgrade for a route that just began March 1.

Good to see Delta continuing to grow SLC. Also, it will be great to see an MD-90 in Pittsburgh -- I don't think PIT has ever had regular scheduled service of the type. Maybe I'll find an excuse to fly to Salt Lake City in June.  Wink

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User currently offlineTooluther From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

Well, that didn't take very long. Great news!

Didn't TWA fly MD-90's? If so, I think they came into PIT


User currently offlineEI2KSEA From Ireland, joined Jul 2004, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

Negative on TWA MD-90s. They did operate B717s so if you are a purist you might call it an MD-95

 Smile



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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

Wow, DL certainly seems committed to the PIT market. Things just keep getting better and better for you guys!

User currently offlinePITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 391 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3858 times:

Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 3):
Wow, DL certainly seems committed to the PIT market. Things just keep getting better and better for you guys!

I agree, DL does seem to have a pretty nice operation here in PIT. I hope that we might get to see some upgrade in frequency with that route sometime in the near future.


User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3814 times:
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How dose Delta now rank at PIT as far as daily flights? Congrats to the PIT fans. John.


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User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4126 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

This is indeed good news for DL and even better news for SLC. This shows that SLC is an important hub nationally for DL, and that they can go in and beat US in one of their big focus operations bringing people into SLC for a west coast connection rather than PHX or LAS. Any word on how CLT is doing with the 738? I was disappointed to see that SLC-YVR was downgraded from a 738 to an MD-90 for the Spring/Summer since this is a route I've flown several times in the past year, and will continue to fly. I hope that plans to still further downgrade the afternoon flight to a CRJ-7/9 don't reach fruition in that even during the slower fall/winter months it has had 70% load factors or better. Hopefully the addition of some 752s can free up another mainline aircraft for this one.


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User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3670 times:

Quoting N670UW (Thread starter):
Good to see Delta continuing to grow SLC. Also, it will be great to see an MD-90 in Pittsburgh -- I don't think PIT has ever had regular scheduled service of the type. Maybe I'll find an excuse to fly to Salt Lake City in June.

No, negative on the MD-90s here in PIT. I did see one at TPA in October of 2003, though.

Quoting Jlbmedia (Reply 5):
How dose Delta now rank at PIT as far as daily flights? Congrats to the PIT fans. John.

22 daily flights, IIRC. Third in the market behind WN and US, also third as far as passenger counts too.

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 6):
This is indeed good news for DL and even better news for SLC. This shows that SLC is an important hub nationally for DL, and that they can go in and beat US in one of their big focus operations bringing people into SLC for a west coast connection rather than PHX or LAS. Any word on how CLT is doing with the 738? I was disappointed to see that SLC-YVR was downgraded from a 738 to an MD-90 for the Spring/Summer since this is a route I've flown several times in the past year, and will continue to fly. I hope that plans to still further downgrade the afternoon flight to a CRJ-7/9 don't reach fruition in that even during the slower fall/winter months it has had 70% load factors or better. Hopefully the addition of some 752s can free up another mainline aircraft for this one.

DL did not come in and beat US. SLC has never been served by US until now through PHX and LAS. There was never any intention of US starting PITSLC, although WA and DL were prepared to start it in 1983 and 1987, respectively. Not sure why they did not, however. It does show that SLC is becoming a national hub, no question, but this is something that only DL would do from PIT.



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User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 6):
downgraded from a 738 to an MD-90

Sorry, I would hardly consider this to be a downgrade. I would happily take any MD product over any Boeing or Airbus product any day. Im thrilled with the MD90 service. Enough so that I will now include DL on my west coast trips from now on.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 6):
SLC-YVR was downgraded from a 738 to an MD-90

This is not a downgrade...both planes have 150 seats on them - 738 has 16F/134Y, M90 has 12F/138Y. Lose 4 F seats, gain 4 Y seats. Only downside is it makes it a bit harder for Medallions to upgrade into F.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1663 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Ouch, a CRJ on PIT-SLC????????

Good to see DL committed to growing now and once they get out of Ch.11 Protection



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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 10):
Ouch, a CRJ on PIT-SLC????????

The CRJ-900 isn't really that bad of an aircraft for a CRJ. I like it better than the MD-90 in some respects. Skywest service in First Class can't be beat. 10 very comfy first class seats, and 60Y that are at a generous 33-34" pitch. Yeah, the seats are a little narrower than the MD-90s, but there is more leg room on the CR9. And Skywest still has pillows and soft blankets on board, instead of the super cheap blankets on mainline. Wish they had this service when I was flying back and forth to PIT last year, but glad to see it's doing well.



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User currently offlinePITSpeedbird From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

This is great news!!
People are waking up to smell the coffee -
Pittsburgh is a great town / great people / and a
great aviation history...

Here's to USAirways expansion / WN expansion /
sniff .. sniff.... can anyone say Lufthansa???

Lets go Penguins!!

PITSpeebird



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User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

WOW. That was a very fast upgrade. Glad to see DL doing some good here.

What bird does DL take to ATL? Which MD is it?



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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1606 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Quoting Luketenley (Reply 13):
What bird does DL take to ATL? Which MD is it?

Right now, MD-88's and CRJ's of all shapes and sizes.  Smile


User currently offlinePITSpeedbird From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Quoting Luketenley (Reply 13):
What bird does DL take to ATL? Which MD is it?

It is an MD 88 - I have seen those parked on the D concourse at PIT.
DL also uses the CRJ 700's on the flight.

Going down to ATL last year I was on the MD 88.
Unfortunately PIT - ATL was one of the routes axed by US. Lets hope its one of the
40 dailies coming back soon.

- PITSpeedbird
 scratchchin 



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User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3218 times:

Quoting N670UW (Reply 14):
Right now, MD-88's and CRJ's of all shapes and sizes.

Thought so. I see them everyday. Definately loud when they take off! What is the different between the 88 and the 90? And could we be seeing 737 anytime soon?



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User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 796 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

PIT-CVG will be getting a daily 738 this summer. PIT-ATL will have a daily 757 throughout May.

User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3192 times:

Quoting Pgh234 (Reply 17):
PIT-CVG will be getting a daily 738 this summer. PIT-ATL will have a daily 757 throughout May.

Wow. That is good news to hear that we will have some different planes sitting at the gates. Glad to see DL doing some good here.



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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3165 times:

Quoting Luketenley (Reply 16):
What is the different between the 88 and the 90?

The -90 has bigger, higher bypass engines (and thus quieter) and seats eight more people than the MD-88. Originally the MD-90 was "Delta's Plane of the Future" for the single isle plane. That was until DL realized they weren't performing like MD promised, and the NG737 became available. Both the Airbus A320 and the 738 far out-perform the MD-90. So they were sent out west because of their good climb performance (better than the MD-88) and shorter range (than the 738). Love the MD-90 from SNA-SLC.



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User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

Quoting Fanoftristars (Reply 19):
The -90 has bigger, higher bypass engines (and thus quieter) and seats eight more people than the MD-88. Originally the MD-90 was "Delta's Plane of the Future" for the single isle plane. That was until DL realized they weren't performing like MD promised, and the NG737 became available. Both the Airbus A320 and the 738 far out-perform the MD-90. So they were sent out west because of their good climb performance (better than the MD-88) and shorter range (than the 738). Love the MD-90 from SNA-SLC.

Nice. Will be nice to see some new faces sitting at the gates!



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User currently offlineATLAaron From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Quoting Pgh234 (Reply 17):
PIT-CVG will be getting a daily 738 this summer. PIT-ATL will have a daily 757 throughout May.

HOLY! They are doing that well in PIT? I'd like to think I have contributed to that with a couple DL flights out of PIT since Jan 1. Why a 757 though?


User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

Quoting ATLAaron (Reply 21):
HOLY! They are doing that well in PIT? I'd like to think I have contributed to that with a couple DL flights out of PIT since Jan 1. Why a 757 though?

I'm assuming they have very full flights and expect higher pax amounts this spring/ early summer.



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User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4126 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Quoting Flaps (Reply 8):
Sorry, I would hardly consider this to be a downgrade. I would happily take any MD product over any Boeing or Airbus product any day. Im thrilled with the MD90 service. Enough so that I will now include DL on my west coast trips from now on.

I'm sorry but I'm the complete opposite with respects to Boeing vs. MD aircraft. I can't wait for the day that DL parks the last MD-88/90 in the desert and rids themselves of the mistakes in sticking with Douglas aircraft even after the company clearly began to falter and go into the dumpster as early as the 1970s. I would love it if DL could wave their magic wand and change all MD-88/90 AC to 737-700s or 738s.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9263 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Quoting Luketenley (Reply 22):
I'm assuming they have very full flights and expect higher pax amounts this spring/ early summer.

I wonder... if the 757 does very well, will it stick around, or is it going kaput nomatter what when the time is up?

Still, I am supremely happy to see SLC-PIT going mainline. And people on here thought that route would do pitifully! Here is to even better days with DL in the future!



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25 Jkudall : Unfortunately this upgrade to PIT results in a downgrade for BNA, which will go to CRJ-900. Both PIT and BNA easily have enough demand for the mainlin
26 AznCSA4QF744ER : About time they upgraded this route to mainline. SkyWest has been taking DB's every day for this flight.
27 TrijetsRMissed : Definitely good news if you live in PIT. Is this the longest DL MD-90 route now? Oddly enough, TWA opted for an MD-83 order a few years after the MD-
28 Post contains images RwSEA : Exactly - bummer, I'm likely taking the SLC-BNA leg this summer. It's for this reason that I would caution PIT pax about getting too excited over thi
29 Post contains images SLCUT2777 : I think it just might have that honor. I think SLC-ATL is longer? They SUCK! From any CRJ without any doubt, but from a 738? NEVER!
30 MEA-707 : He meant not SLC as stand alone destination but that DL grabs a bigger slice of the market PIT-west coast states, as they will offer connecting fligh
31 SLCUT2777 : Much thanks for the clarification. PHX and LAS might be bigger metro areas and have substantially superior O&D numbers, but SLC has a much better geo
32 Tooluther : ATL is a top five destination from PIT for business and pleasure travelers. There are always huge throngs at the FL and DL gates. Of all the routes U
33 PanAm330 : Good loads don't always equal good yields. I believe that's what US cited when they dropped it- they couldn't justify keeping RJs on the route with c
34 Steeler83 : Thanks for the heads up, but I am still one of those who views the glass as half full...
35 Flaps : I have an office door on the south side of Cargo 1 less than 100 yards from the threshold of 28R. You can bank on it that I'll be angling for closeups
36 Goldenshield : Uh huh. Sure, bud. You keep believing that.
37 ATLAaron : What are DB's anyhow? US, DL and FL would be an awful lot of capacity on that route. Plus not too far away you have CAK-ATL on FL and DL, and in CLE
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