stlAV8R From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 113 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2577 times:
Should we expect to see a major schedule change for the summer? I don't know when the introduction of the newly acquired MD-90 aircraft will happen, but if it happens by summer, should we see more routes change to mainline?
My guess is that between the sped up retirement of the CRJ and DC9-50 aircraft, something will have to replace it. Since there has not been an announcement of the introduction of the MD-90s in service, nor is the summer 2011 schedule been published other than the dummy schedule, something big is in the works.
I really would like to know, if this is the case, will this be a 1-1 swap or will there be service reduction back-filled by larger capacity? Also, which routes will be the 1st to be effected?
deltairlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
The first crack at the summer schedule came out over the weekend.
Don't expect any DC-9-50 flying to drop over the summer. It was mentioned that retirements might start in the fall, which would make sense when traffic drops a bit.
Nearly all -90 flying this summer is out of MSP. The DC-9-50s are fairly well utilized this summer at about 230 daily departures, or about 6.5 flights a day for the fleet. Most of those are touching ATL/DTW/MSP.
Overall though, based on the new schedules that are out, it looks like the fleet is pretty well stretched for this upcoming summer. Likely will end up around 2900-3000 daily mainline departures, plus about another 3000 Delta Connection departures.