Funflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 866 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3547 times:
Well at work today for the first time in a long time DL mainline graced us in MHT with an MD80. Now this is just an assumtion but when they were departing the airport did a water salute, now I assume that is for one of two reasons.
1) DL mainline is back
2) Kevin Federline was on the plane
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8944 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3539 times:
Spring vacation week up there this week, so it looks like DL has ramped up MHT service. Today there were 4x CR7 and an MD-88 operating as DL9852. The plane was one of the DL Shuttle birds, so it probably was ferried up from BOS to operate an extra section down to ATL. Wouldn't be surprised if this flight was operated next weekend too, most likely routing ATL-MHT then ferrying down to BOS.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4252 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3100 times:
We've monitored Delta up here at MHT. That carrier had 3x daily MD-80s MHT-ATL a couple years ago and then abruptly pulled them all in favor of little Lawn Darts. Were the MD-80s running very light? Hardly! They were banging out those planes, and with no competition on the route were extracting good fares. The plausible reason is that Delta had this white elephant terminal in Boston. Designed at a time when Delta had grand plans for Boston, but completed at a time when the carrier was a laughingstock and just (barely) managing to pay its bills...never mind any 'Grand Plans.'
Restaurants and shops in White-Elephantville got angry because foot traffic was soft. So, Delta did the 'wise' thing (emphasis mine) and slashed service at MHT and PVD to force those remaining loyal DL customers back to Boston and their 'white elephant.' Did it work? Well, many premium DL customers aren't anymore. They didn't 'obey' DL's command and go like mind-numbed robots to their Logan flights. Many of them just became another airline's customers. And that 'white elephant' is STILL a 'white elephant' (they've had to put other airlines in there to appease the shop-keepers and restaurants).
The reason it was a water salute is because no black paint could be found.
Delta needed a MHT water salute like a fish needs a bicycle.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6858 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3057 times:
Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 6): Were the MD-80s running very light? Hardly! They were banging out those planes, and with no competition on the route were extracting good fares.
While fares for O+D traffic on MHT-ATL were good, much of the traffic wasn't going to ATL. The traffic was connecting on...much of it going to Florida with very low-yields. DL has lost much of its interest in this type of traffic and is content to allow it to slide to WN.
You also can't ignore that a hefty chunk of DL's high-yield base still favors BOS for a variety of reasons (more non-stop options, more frequencies, Crown Room Clubs, etc). BOS can be a real pain in the butt, but it still offers a lot of amenities that MHT cannot.
Could DL's desire to fill the white-elephant terrminal at BOS be a reason for the reductions at MHT? Maybe. But I think the larger reason is a shift in strategy by DL.
PVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3440 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3037 times:
DL threw PVD a spring break bone too by upgrading the 0600 ATL flight from a CR7 to a 757 and a CRJ flight to CVG to a M80. They both return next weekend and then it's back to RJ-ville for us too. PVD does still have the 1 daily M80 flight the rest of the time which is the last of the DL mainline in PVD right now. I'm just hoping that once DL can re-adjust the fleet with more E70's and CR9s, M80s won't be so uncommon...