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Reasons For Delta's "New" Scheduling?  
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 9
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Why is it that Delta has gone to a method of operating seven different flight schedules for each day of the week? I remember even a few years ago where one schedule was used for nearly every day of the week, if not all week.

Using the online timetable, take the week of March 9-15 for example, CMH-ATL:
Mon- 1 757, 1 73G, 3 M88, 1 E75, 1 CR9
Tues- 1 757, 1 73G, 4 M88
Wed- 1 757, 1 73G, 3 M88, 2 E75
Thurs- 1 757, 2 73G, 3 M88, 1 E75
Fri- 1 757, 1 73G, 4 M88, 1 E75
Sat- 1 757, 2 M88, 2 E75, 1 CRJ
Sun- 1 757, 3 M88, 3 E75

To be more specific, the first flight of the day alternates between an MD-88, 757 & E175, depending what day of the week. One of the later flights (departure time rotating between 2:45, 2:55 & 3:00pm) alternates between an 737-700, MD-88 and E-175. And while the aircraft used each day may look similar, the times differ.

Does this have to do with right-sizing schedules based on capacity, aircraft usage, or something similar? And how well does it work in comparison to having a set schedule with the same flights and equipment seven days a week?


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User currently offlineCMHSRQ From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 995 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

I'm guessing they are matching capacity to demand. I enjoy the mix, allows me to fly on different types of aircraft.


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User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

WOW...from a resource max model view that makes allot of sense, but the logistics of pulling off day to day A/C rotation and time slot adjustments sounds like a NIGHTMARE. Do any ops people want to chime in on this?

User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

It's call "day of week scheduling" and what they're doing is matching aircraft and frequency to the market. You'll see the same scheduled from week to week most times but not always. It does create more headaches for the ground crews which have to have the right staffing but it appears to do the trick for matching the right aircraft and frequency.

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12147 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
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Well think about it, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are not popular days for business travelers so hence a decline in flights. CO does that here in CLE and has for years. So this is not something that DL thought up.


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User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

I noticed a similar thing in DL's sked between CLT and ATL. I believe there's a flight around 330p that on one day is a 737-700, another day it's a 737-800, and then an MD-88 the other 5. A similar pattern of different a/c types also exists on the morning CLT-ATL flights.

User currently offline28thguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2617 times:

After Delta filed for bankruptcy, they hired Continental's head of route planning, if I recall. CO has used this for years, and it is why they generate superior yields. Anyway it is an unheralded reason why DL's finances have improved post-bankruptcy.

User currently offlineDispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2379 times:



Quoting 28thguy (Reply 6):
After Delta filed for bankruptcy, they hired Continental's head of route planning,

Hauenstein came from CO? I didnt know that...



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8912 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2374 times:



Quoting Dispatchguy (Reply 7):

Hauenstein came from CO? I didnt know that...

Hauenstein was at CO, then went to Alitalia, before coming to Delta.


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