Alitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4709 posts, RR: 46 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 12): Expect announcements concerning 77L destinations in the near future. There are rumors (unsubstantiated) of JFK-DEL, ATL-DEL, ATL-BOM, ATL-HKG, ATL-JNB (nonstop 77L), and JFK-NRT.
There are a few other routes that are "rumored" as well Chris, altho I'd say the ones you're posting are probably looking like the first...
MCOAviationFan From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 246 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3435 times:
DL will be receiving the 2nd LR in a couple of weeks. After that, the deliveries are scheduled in Dec08., 3 in Jan09, and one more in FEB09, IIRC. I'm not sure when #8 comes online, but it is in that general time frame as well. We can probably expect some route announcements for these birds during the summer to allow for appropriate lead times to market and implement the service. I figure ATL-BOM will be one of the first new routes announced. This will allow the LRs to cycle through ATL in addition to growing the lucrative India service. Adding JFK-NRT and ATL-HKG would allow complementary aircraft utilization with the existing JFK-BOM route and could be done with six airplanes. Then, we'll see what happens with the other 2. At least, that's my theory. No inside information. Of course, Mr. Bastian has said recently that more LR's will be firmed up if the current and upcoming routes are successful. Sounds like interesting times ahead.
JFK-HKG, ATL-SYD, JFK-SYD, ATL-SIN, ATL-KUL, the rumored list is probably endless .
That said, personally I'd expect to see the following happen.
-With #3, add JFK-NRT to complement the JFK-BOM routing.
-#4 will temporarily be rotated through regular 772 routes so those can come in for interior updates
-#5-7 will allow for DEL-ATL-HKG routing (BOM-ATL-HKG wouldn't be possible with 3 planes within 72 hours, unless DL were somehow able to rotate 6 77Ls on a hypothetical HKG-ATL-BOM-JFK-NRT routing within 144 hours)
-#4 and #8 will be used to launch ATL-JNB nonstop
And since I'm in the mood :
#12-14 BOM (or DEL, depending on the scheduling)-ATL-CAN (hey, who knows, by 2010 there might be additional US-China slots available)
#15/16, if fuel prices are at a reasonable level, ATL-SYD
DAL767400ER From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 5721 posts, RR: 48 Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 18): First I've heard of this rumor. One can dream, eh? I personally LOVE Kuala Lumpur.
With the way the fuel price is developing, a lot more routes might be just dreams . Though the site of a DL 77L above the Petronas Towers and passing by the Sepang curcuit during an F1 race does have a nice ring to it .