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Daimler Ending DCX Shuttle PTK-STR Service 3/1  
User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7521 posts, RR: 28
Posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

With Daimler selling off Chrysler in 2007, the Daimler Shuttle - A319 service between PTK-STR, Oakland-Pontiac, MI to Stuggart, Germany will be ending as of March 1, 2008.

This specially configured, all business class, 48 seat A319 ran 3-4 times per week to connect the North American & European headquarters.

With the sale of Chrysler to Cerberus, the need for such a shuttle is limited, therefore the termination of the service.

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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7560 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Yes, that was expected.

Do you know if there is a pic in the database of the Daimler A319?



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User currently offlineSQ948 From Germany, joined May 2007, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2171 times:



Quoting EddieDude (Reply 1):
Do you know if there is a pic in the database of the Daimler A319?

There are many...


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7560 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

Cool, thanks a lot for posting them! Would have been nice if the plane had a corporate logo or something on the tail.


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User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3091 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

I often wondered when this flight would cease and yet it continued. I wonder what the fate of the aircraft will be or if Daimler will just use it on something else unless it was a lease for this route.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7529 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

With them making this public, was it available that regular people could book a flight or something?


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User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1698 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 5):
With them making this public, was it available that regular people could book a flight or something?

It was never a public flight. DCX aviation likely doesn't have a certificate that would allow it.


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7521 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1544 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 5):
With them making this public, was it available that regular people could book a flight or something?

This was not a public flight, it was operated by Daimler (Chrysler) Aviation. Employees would book travel on this aircraft for business needs to go back and forth to Europe. If space was available, contract employees & suppliers could also get on the aircraft as well. The service was not free. Employees would book travel internally and then get charged the cost of the flight which would be treated as a travel expense to their department. Basically, the aviation group was treated very much like a stand-alone organization, although just another subsidary under Daimler. The charges for the flight were much less than what it would cost to buy a business class ticket on DTW-STR and much more convenient for employees. PTK is less than 10 miles away from Chysler's headquarters, many employees like nearby, only needed to show up 30 minutes before the flight, and free parking.

It was run very much like actual airline service. The flight operated out of a dedicated terminal attacted to the hanger, including a jet bridge & INS arrival facility. The all business class format was very well received. Large seats, meal service, free booze, IFE on overhead monitors.

I personally had not traveled on the aircraft, but I do know many employees who did who will miss it.

Additionally, it was a very unique service for PTK, as a quasi-scheduled international service, on an A319 from what is primarily a very busy general aviation & cargo airport.


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