Vulindlela744 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2434 times:
Does anybody have any insider info. as to whether Delta will begin ATL to Bombay or Delhi non-stops? With the large Indian population in Atlanta it seems that it could be a good route. They are getting the 777LR in 2008 so they would have the range
DL787932ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 597 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2411 times:
The first two 772LRs are going to JFK-BOM, and the 772ERs they replace will start ATL-PVG, which is obviously the first priority. I think you'll see ATL-India nonstop one day, but I don't think it's a high enough priority for the first 8 772LRs coming in in '08-'09.
RwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3048 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2384 times:
Quoting DL787932ER (Reply 1): The first two 772LRs are going to JFK-BOM, and the 772ERs they replace will start ATL-PVG, which is obviously the first priority. I think you'll see ATL-India nonstop one day, but I don't think it's a high enough priority for the first 8 772LRs coming in in '08-'09.
I agree. My personal prediction is that the second two 777LRs will go to ATL-PVG, with the 772ER moving from that route to JFK-DEL. Then the 3-4th would go to ATL-JNB.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10677 posts, RR: 62 Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2375 times:
As Delta continues to grow and get more and more ultra-longhaul aircraft, I regard nonstop ATL-India as a matter of when, not if. It seems logical. Delta links everywhere else to their megahub at ATL nonstop, so why not a massive and rapidly-growing market like India?
DeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 8964 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2356 times:
Quoting RwSEA (Reply 2): . Then the 3-4th would go to ATL-JNB
with the new flights goin to DKR its starting to become almost like a small Africa hub so i would bet that ATL-DKR-JNB will stay on the 764 and the 77Ls will go somewhere else (ATL-HKG or ATL-SYD maybe)
WorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2299 times:
Once SA)">DL flies nonstop from the US to South Africa in both directions, they will command a hefty revenue premium between the US and SA. The potential is very high for ATL- SA service.
ATL-India does make sense in time but every new route that is added to the US by the Indian carriers makes it that much harder for any US airline to make India work. The Indian carriers are in kamikaze mode with all the growth they have on the horizon... the market simply will not be able to absorb it without substantial disintegration in revenues. The fact that this has happened in the Indian domestic market makes it almost a certianly that it will happen on int'l India routes.
If SA)">DL chooses not to add alot of add'l India service now (and those 8 LRs are coming within the next 2 years), SA)">DL will likely just add flights to East Asia, the Middle East, or Africa... none of which would disappoint me. ATL is a powerful hub and they can make alot of routes work but I remain skeptical as long as the Indian carriers continue to flood the US market with one new flight after another.
now if i had to guess the NRT is for JFK but the HKG,SIN,SYD i will bet is for ATL (and i dont think it will be LAX they would get raped by UA,QF,SQ just to name a few IF(thats a big if) DL starts a LAX hub(to Asia that is) then i think they will wait for there 787s anyways
DCAYOW From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 588 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
Geographically ATL-India only makes sense from the extreme Southeast US and maybe parts of Mexico and Caribbean. There are sizable populations of Indian communities in Suriname and Guyana. Deep So. America - like Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo will have far superior connections via DXB.
DAL767400ER From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 5721 posts, RR: 48 Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1806 times:
Well, DL has flown the 772 from ATL to BOM nonstop, so they at least already have some experience in the market . And at least one ATL-India route is pretty much a given. As said, the India market is huge, and even if Indian carriers are expanding to the US, their focus seems to be on NYC and the West Coast, with the Southeast being neglected, and while not as large as either of the 2 aforementioned markets, O&D of ATL plus connections should easily will up a daily 77L to India, perhaps even two. That said, I doubt we'll ever see DL attempt stuff like ATL-MAA or ATL-HYD.