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DL Running ATL-GSP On 738 1x Per Week  
User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

I was just searching for a flight on Delta.com and came across a 737-800 flying the ATL-GSP run and back. After further search on the flight schedules page, it seems that DL is running a 738 once a week into GSP (Friday), along with the usual mix of MD-88s, CR9s, and CRJs!



My question is: Why is Delta flying the 738 into GSP in the first place (it's a 30 min flight), and why is it only once a week?


edit: the 738 only seems to be running Dec 7 and Dec 14 - I don't see any further 738 flights scheduled, so apparently it's only a two-time thing.  Sad
Why did DL do this?

[Edited 2007-11-19 13:35:02]


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User currently offlineMKE22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2797 times:



Quoting DeltaAVL (Thread starter):
Why did DL do this?

More seats and capacity?



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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2627 times:



Quoting MKE22 (Reply 1):
More seats and capacity?

Yes, that would be the obvious reason.  Wink

But why did DL schedule the 738 only to run two times, and only once a week?



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User currently offlineKcrwFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3795 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Amazing what airlines will do for you the closer you are to their hubs.

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22737 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2463 times:



Quoting DeltaAVL (Reply 2):
But why did DL schedule the 738 only to run two times, and only once a week?

It's not so much that they need to capacity as that they need more capacity than a CRJ or a CR7 or whatever the next smallest available choice would be. There's probably not a Mad Dog around to make the trip at the necessary time on those days, and on such short segments, a lot of excess capacity isn't such a big deal (anyone remember the NW DC-10 that RONed in MKE 3-4 years ago?)



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User currently offlineAvconsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2448 times:

GSP has a lot of European demand. Strictly a guess, could be to accomodate loads for that day of the week.

User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2426 times:

A peek on the connection list of the GSP-ATL portion will probably show a very high number of pax continuing (especially) to Germany ...

[Edited 2007-11-20 10:53:05]


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22737 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2420 times:



Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 6):
A peek on the connection list of the GSP-ATL portion will probably show a very high number of pax continuing (especially) to Germany ...

Doesn't US/LH have the BMW contract?



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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2356 times:



Quoting Avconsultant (Reply 5):
GSP has a lot of European demand. Strictly a guess, could be to accomodate loads for that day of the week.



Quoting LN-MOW (Reply 6):
A peek on the connection list of the GSP-ATL portion will probably show a very high number of pax continuing (especially) to Germany ...

Ah, now that you've mentioned it I'm almost certain that's what it is. Yes, BMW is huge here, and chances are, BMW has called some sort of meeting.

Thanks guys!  Smile



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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2353 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7):
Doesn't US/LH have the BMW contract?

LH does, but as far as company exec transport, BMW probably goes with whatever carrier will be able to accommodate the pax better. At GSP, it's always gonna be DL. DL runs mainline regularly, whereas US only runs regional, and Delta's just got a much bigger operation at GSP. Always has, always will.

I'm sure DL was very cooperative with BMW's travel agents.  Wink



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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3803 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2298 times:



Quoting DeltaAVL (Thread starter):
Why is Delta flying the 738 into GSP in the first place (it's a 30 min flight),

As recently as Delta's June 1, 2002 timetable (among the last of the paper timetables issued by DL?) they offered 9 daily flights ATL-GSP: 4 opb CRJ; 4 opb M80; 1 opb 738. It isn't so much about the length of the flight as it is capacity needs relative to yields and costs that determines equipment types and frequencies in a given market plus, of course, equipment availability. Since 2002 Delta has retired a substantial fleet of 727s and 737-200s which have not nearly been replaced on a one-for-one basis with mainline type aircraft.


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