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MEM Gets More Service  
User currently offlineburnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4755 times:

Memphis will be gaining more service and destinations from DL this summer.

Quote:

Delta Air Lines Adds New Service to Memphis Hub
Spring schedule adds service to Amarillo, Texas., Toronto, Canada and Evansville, Ind.
MEMPHIS, Feb. 18, 2010 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced the addition of new
service between its Memphis hub and Amarillo, Texas and Evansville, Ind. Toronto, Canada also
returns as a destination with two daily frequencies.
The addition of Amarillo increases the total number of unique Texas destinations served from
Memphis to four, which include service to Dallas’ Love Field, Lubbock and McAllen.
“Operationally our Memphis hub has been one of our highest performing hubs and with the
overwhelming community support it is perfectly positioned for this additional service,” said Glen
Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network Planning and Revenue Management.
Delta’s new daily service between Memphis and Evansville, Ind., will be served with a 50-seat
Bombardier CRJ-200, effective April 6, 2010*
Flight Departs Arrives
3730 Memphis at 7:45 p.m. Evansville at 8:52 p.m.
3731 Evansville at 6:30 a.m. Memphis at 7:38 a.m.
Delta’s new daily service between Amarillo, Texas and Memphis will be served with a 50-seat
Bombardier CRJ-200, effective June 10, 2010*
Flight Departs Arrives
4275 Memphis at 9:20 a.m. Amarillo at 11:20 a.m.
4277 Memphis at 1:40 p.m. Amarillo at 3:40 p.m.
4279 Memphis at 7:40 p.m. Amarillo at 9:40 p.m.
4274 Amarillo at 5:55 a.m. Memphis at 7:55 a.m.
4276 Amarillo at 11:45 a.m. Memphis at 1:45 p.m.
4278 Amarillo at 4:05 p.m. Memphis at 6:05 p.m.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4683 times:

I think this will be status quo at MEM for the foreseeable future. MEM worked for NW, and DL will tinker a little but not much unless/until they want to drastically reduce capacity in the southeast.

The problem with MEM is that, unlike CVG, it's not really viable as a smaller hub. It has to be what it is now or 40-50 flights. There really isn't any in between.



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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4715 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1):
The problem with MEM is that, unlike CVG, it's not really viable as a smaller hub. It has to be what it is now or 40-50 flights. There really isn't any in between.

That goes for just about any hub. I wouldnt call the current CVG operation sustainable by any means.

The difference is, MEM adds geographic coverage to the network (south central) and CVG does not.



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User currently offlinesimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 922 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

Quoting burnsie28 (Thread starter):
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced the addition of new
service between its Memphis hub and Amarillo, Texas and Evansville, Ind. Toronto, Canada also
returns as a destination with two daily frequencies.

In fact, Evansville is resumed service--the flights were just moved to Atlanta last year, that's all. I wish we would get our press releases right...


User currently offlineCRJ200FAGuy From United States of America, joined May 2007, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4499 times:

Quoting simairlinenet (Reply 3):
In fact, Evansville is resumed service--the flights were just moved to Atlanta last year, that's all. I wish we would get our press releases right

I was just about to post that. Toronto disappeared but magically after Air Canada announced service. Delta decided to resume service to YYZ.


User currently offline9252fly From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4407 times:

Quoting CRJ200FAGuy (Reply 4):
I was just about to post that. Toronto disappeared but magically after Air Canada announced service. Delta decided to resume service to YYZ.

It will magically disappear again once AC is squeezed out. It will be very much like SLC-YYZ. Legacy carriers are very protective of routes when others try to enter one of their hubs. I imagine AC would have hoped DL would have ignored their entry,but at the time,I'm sure they not suprised by the reaction.


User currently offlinetexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4280 times:

Three daily AMA-MEM flights? I wish them luck but it sure seems like a bit of overkill. Congrats to AMA on this new service.

Texan



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6929 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

I'm pretty hopeful for DL over at MEM. I'm thinking they'll add a few regional flights here and there from MEM but mainline probably not so much. Who knows. Maybe DL missed their former 1980s MEM hub for years   


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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4227 times:

It looks like this will be their angle to catch more connecting traffic from that part of the south. The South Central states (read: Texas) are hugely growing areas where DL has relatively little presence since dumping DFW. MEM gives them a somewhat better positioned hub to get *some* traffic from this market. Even if MEM is largely redundant, if they can make it work and make money, then why not?

CVG was squeezed between 3 other hubs, as long as they keep MEM focused on giving big US city connectivity to MEM's natural catchment area, they'll do fine with it. It won't grow big, but it can probably sustain itself.

The big question is, with DL having so many RJ's, do we run the risk of MEM becoming all but all RJ, as happened to CVG?



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6929 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 8):
CVG was squeezed between 3 other hubs, as long as they keep MEM focused on giving big US city connectivity to MEM's natural catchment area, they'll do fine with it. It won't grow big, but it can probably sustain itself.

Very true. MEM is also CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP for DL to operate in and out of. I guess management figures, "Why not? We'll give it a shot. Seemed to work for NW." CVG can most likely sustain profitability on a bunch of routes mainly for the business community. Also would think the CVG-florida routes would do ok at least seasonally.



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User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6729 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 8):
The big question is, with DL having so many RJ's, do we run the risk of MEM becoming all but all RJ, as happened to CVG?

MEM is mostly RJ already. It's mainline to RJ ratio is pretty similar to that of CVG. And much of the mainline that MEM has remaining is simply to feed other hubs. In the long-term, this is the fundamental problem for MEM as hubs that rely mostly on RJ's connecting to RJ's are not likely to produce profits...particularly as DL's costs (fuel, labor, etc) rise.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4058 times:

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 2):
That goes for just about any hub.

Yes and no. CVG was sustainable at a size less than the 500 flight/day or so peak. US' CLT operation would be sustainable at half its current size. DL/MSP would be too. It depends on the competitive dynamic of the city and the network.



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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4058 times:

More RJ's! Woo hoo!


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User currently offlinedeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9700 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

Please PLEASE start CRP next.


yep.
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 8):
The big question is, with DL having so many RJ's, do we run the risk of MEM becoming all but all RJ, as happened to CVG?

I really don't mind, if at least on the more major markets, they use the larger jets with FC cabins. I don't mind the larger CRJs or any of the ERJ's or larger Embraers. It's just those damned CR2's that are like flyers' purgatory!



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

I'm not worried MEM will be disbanded in the future...


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User currently offlineairguardtn From United States of America, joined May 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

RDU, why are you concerned at all with what happens in MEM? Jealous?

User currently offlineBNAFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 15):
I'm not worried MEM will be disbanded in the future.

When the merger was announced, I was convinced MEM along with CVG was going to be toast, maybe even before CVG. Now I actually think it will wind up being a viable, small hub to compliment DL geographically. Some southeastern cities have shifted to ATL, but MEM does offer some proximity to cities (like those mentioned in Texas) that people might prefer as a cnx point over ATL. Even as a mainly RJ hub, it seems to have a future.


User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

Quoting airguardtn (Reply 16):
RDU, why are you concerned at all with what happens in MEM? Jealous?

No...it won't work....we've seen what happens to RJ hubs..



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User currently offlineDLDTW1962 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Is DL going to build up MEM and close down CVG? If so how is MEM going to handle a large increase in flights?
I was in MEM a few months ago, and I did think the airport was big enough to become as big as CVG once was.

Chuck


User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6527 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

Quoting DLDTW1962 (Reply 19):
Is DL going to build up MEM and close down CVG? If so how is MEM going to handle a large increase in flights?
I was in MEM a few months ago, and I did think the airport was big enough to become as big as CVG once was.

Chuck

The MEM terminal is currently underutilized. Room for significant growth.


User currently offlineBNAFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

[quote=bobnwa,reply=20]The MEM terminal is currently underutilized. Room for significant growth.

  

Also as someone mentioned, MEM is cheaper to operate into. A mix of 50-76 seaters will probably see the majority of DL service, but I do beleive they'll maintain a significant prescence there unless the Canyon Blue giant arrives and starts cutting into the bottom line.


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