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DL's Performance On BOS-LHR  
User currently offlineclrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12935 times:

I haven't seen anything recent on this, but there seemed to be some speculation a while back that Delta was struggling on this and the MIA route after starting them. MIA has been dropped completely and BOS is still hanging on with a daily 764. Even checking the winter schedule this flight remains as a 764 daily. Is it safe to say that DL has become a player in the BOS-LHR sector and the flight is now performing well?

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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8273 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12670 times:
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Delta has the biggest European schedule for a US based airline in Boston, they fly to Amsterdam too. BA has 3 777/744 flight to LHR plus AA has 2 or 3 757's.

User currently offlineual777uk From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 12641 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 1):
Delta has the biggest European schedule for a US based airline in Boston, they fly to Amsterdam too. BA has 3 777/744 flight to LHR plus AA has 2 or 3 757's.

By that measure does not BA then offer the most seats over the pond making them the biggest. What does DL fly to AMS, a daily 330?

I would have thought the 764 would be tto much plane for DL to LHR and a 757 might be better suited?


User currently offlineMaddogJT8D From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12300 times:

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 2):
I would have thought the 764 would be tto much plane for DL to LHR and a 757 might be better suited?

I would think the same, but a while back DL pledged all lie-flat seats to the LHR market. There are no lie-flat seats on the 757, but I could see this route switching to a 763 once they start getting the lie-flat mods done.


User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6440 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12263 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 1):
By that measure does not BA then offer the most seats over the pond making them the biggest. What does DL fly to AMS, a daily 330?

For
DL flies two 330's or a 330& 767 daily from BOS to AMS for most of the year


User currently offlineclrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12159 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 1):

Delta has the biggest European schedule for a US based airline in Boston, they fly to Amsterdam too. BA has 3 777/744 flight to LHR plus AA has 2 or 3 757's.

DL does have a decent European schedule from BOS however, AA might be slightly ahead of them. They have 4 flights to Europe per day, 3 to LHR and 1 to CDG (seasonally). Delta at it's peak has 3 flights to Europe - 2x AMS and 1x LHR. AMS drops to 1x daily in winter, leaving DL with just 2 daily flights to Europe, so I think AA still has them beat.

Back to my initial posting though, I was just curious if anyone knew stats on how the LHR flight is performing? I'd imagine with DL having 763's fitted with flat-bed's already that if they wanted to down-gauge the flight, they would have by now, no? Winter schedules are still showing it as a 764....


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2158 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11973 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 1):
Delta has the biggest European schedule for a US based airline in Boston, they fly to Amsterdam too. BA has 3 777/744 flight to LHR plus AA has 2 or 3 757's.

That's actually not true 100% of the time. It depends on the season.

For this week, AA is operating 3,969 seats on BOSLHR + 1,323 on BOSCDG which totals to 5,292 weekly seats.

DL is operating 1,722 weekly seats on BOSLHR + 3,231 on BOSAMS which totals to 4,953 seats.

So actually, during the summer months, AA is the largest US-based TATL operator out of Boston.

During the winter period, AA reduces down to offering 1,323 seats on BOSLHR, while BOSCDG is dormant.

DL operates 1,722 weekly seats on BOSLHR (same) + 2,086 on BOSAMS which totals to 3,808.

Quoting ual777uk (Reply 2):
By that measure does not BA then offer the most seats over the pond making them the biggest. What does DL fly to AMS, a daily 330?

Actually, similar to the data above, it depends on the time of year. During the summer months, Lufthansa is actually the largest operator across the Atlantic from BOS, beating out BA by a few hundred seats.

LH operates 4,067 on BOSFRA + 2,261 on BOSMUC to equal 6,328 in the summer.

BA operates 6,118 seats on BOSLHR in the summer.

During the winter, LH reduces down to 2,394 on BOSFRA and 1,610 on BOSMUC to total 4,004. BA, on the other hand, still operates 5,560 weekly seats into LHR during the winter months, so they are the dominant TATL operator during that period.

Now, of course, if you want to get overly technical here and calculate the summaries for the JV carriers (AA+BA+IB, DL+AF+AZ and LH+LX), the data consistently shows that OneWorld JBA is the perennial winner in terms of market/seat share in BOS-Europe.

Summer:

OneWorld: 5,292 (AA) + 6,118 (BA) + 900 (IB) = 12,310 seats

SkyTeam: 4,953 (DL) + 4,928 (AF) + 1,638 (AZ) = 11,519 seats

Star Alliance: 6,328 (LH) + 1,652 (LX) = 7,980 seats


Winter:

OneWorld: 1,323 (AA) + 5,560 (BA) + 600 (IB) = 7,483 seats

SkyTeam: 3,808 (DL) + 1,918 (AF) + 1,170 (AZ) = 6,896 seats

Star Alliance: 4004 (LH) + 1,652 (LX) = 5,656 seats



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User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4083 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11924 times:

If you factor in Virgin, I believe more seats between Boston and London are flown aboard UK carriers rather than our own.

User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2158 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11891 times:

Quoting clrd4t8koff (Reply 5):
DL does have a decent European schedule from BOS however, AA might be slightly ahead of them. They have 4 flights to Europe per day, 3 to LHR and 1 to CDG (seasonally). Delta at it's peak has 3 flights to Europe - 2x AMS and 1x LHR. AMS drops to 1x daily in winter, leaving DL with just 2 daily flights to Europe, so I think AA still has them beat.

See above. In summary, AA has DL beat during the summer, but it's vice versa during the winter. Combined with its JV Atlantic partner IAG group, however, AA and OneWorld have the largest market share presence throughout the year.

Quoting clrd4t8koff (Reply 5):
Back to my initial posting though, I was just curious if anyone knew stats on how the LHR flight is performing? I'd imagine with DL having 763's fitted with flat-bed's already that if they wanted to down-gauge the flight, they would have by now, no? Winter schedules are still showing it as a 764....

My guess is that its performance level must be o-k. It can't be knocking it out of the park, however. The BOSLHR market is saturated with 4 major competitors, and DL has already gone down from 2 to 1 daily flight on this sector. If DL and VS get cozier, then it will be useful for Delta to hold onto the LHR slot.

Outside of that, however, you already have DL's LHR network connected to ATL, DTW and JFK. Not much more for BOS to offer beyond what those hubs already can other than O&D traffic, but that reverts back to the original situation of a highly competitive landscape.

Noticeably, MIALHR faces a similar type of competitive environment as BOSLHR, and DL pulled out of that one roughly a year after launching it.



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User currently offlineDTWPurserBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 1553 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 11862 times:

I think a lot depends on passenger loyalty to a frequent flyer status and to those carriers that are member of SkyTeam, OneWorld or Star for connections out of LHR.


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User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4083 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11724 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 8):
Noticeably, MIALHR faces a similar type of competitive environment as BOSLHR, and DL pulled out of that one roughly a year after launching it.

If DL pulls from BOS-LHR it will be the second or third time they've done so. Not the kind of 'reputation' you want to point to. United tried once and failed; I doubt they're in any mood to try again.


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2158 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11709 times:

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 10):
If DL pulls from BOS-LHR it will be the second or third time they've done so. Not the kind of 'reputation' you want to point to. United tried once and failed; I doubt they're in any mood to try again.

Not Heathrow. Gatwick, maybe. But Delta hasn't been flying to LHR for more than 4 years after OpenSkies came into effect by the EU.



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User currently offlinequestions From Australia, joined Sep 2011, 750 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11650 times:

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 9):
If DL pulls from BOS-LHR it will be the second or third time they've done so.

Is this what others have referred to as Delta throwing darts?

A lot of people on here speculated about the demise of MIA-LHR since it was mostly O&D and that while DL has a respectable presence in So FL, AA and oneworld have greater market share. Is BOS a similar case? Was DL opportunistically grabbing these LHR route knowing they were rolling the dice?


User currently offlinefururefa From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 11114 times:

DL has a lot of corporate traffic in the Boston area, in addition to some connection opportunities (IND, etc.). In fact, if DL needs to fill seats, they can filter the cheap seats from ATL/JFK/DTW-LHR through BOS. Indeed, BOS is quite a bit less O&D dependent than MIA was and DL has a much stronger corporate presence in Boston that it does in Miami.

User currently offlinewingflaps From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10343 times:

I made a round trip LHR to BOS on DL this summer. Both flights were full and indeed both times on check in I was asked whether I would volunteer to alter my travel plans for a travel voucher. I suspect most traffic is O&D however. The connection from terminal E (International Arrivals) to A (Delta) at BOS being enough to discourage regular connecting traffic which could route more easily through JFK, DTW or ATL.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9523 times:

Quoting wingflaps (Reply 14):
The connection from terminal E (International Arrivals) to A (Delta) at BOS being enough to discourage regular connecting traffic which could route more easily through JFK, DTW or ATL.

It's not that bad of a hike though - maybe a quarter mile through a direct walkway - takes about 5 minutes to go from the international arrivals area in E to the lobby of A.

As it stands today as well, the BOS flight has good connections to LHR from CVG, ATL, YYZ, DTW, JFK, LGA, RDU, MSP, SLC and ORF. Sure, JFK/LGA probably aren't driving a lot of the traffic, but at least the rest of these cities do chip in - one of the big things that BOS has that the other Delta hubs (save JFK) is the early arrival in Heathrow - Minneapolis gets in at noon, DTW and ATL late morning most days. CVG/YYZ/RDU/SLC/ORF all don't have DL nonstops to London.

On the return, BOS has reasonable connections to ATL, YYZ, LGA, IND, ORF, MCO, MSP and DTW. Again, not a ton with the hubs, but YYZ, IND, ORF and MCO all help.


User currently offlineRobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8412 times:
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Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 15):
It's not that bad of a hike though - maybe a quarter mile through a direct walkway - takes about 5 minutes to go from the international arrivals area in E to the lobby of A.

It is a bit more than 5 minutes... most people would be looking at a 10-15 minute walk, mostly aided by moving walkways. Luggage for connections can be checked through to domestic destinations. One needs to clear security again at Terminal A, but you need to clear security international to domestic at just about every hub that I can think of.

The story that BOS is bad for international to domestic connections is more a psychological one than a real one. Think of it as ATL E or F to a flight leaving from the A gates. It is just you do the security re-clear at the end instead of the beginning.


User currently offlineaviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1351 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8172 times:

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 15):
It's not that bad of a hike though - maybe a quarter mile through a direct walkway - takes about 5 minutes to go from the international arrivals area in E to the lobby of A.


True, it's a pretty quick walk.

Unfortunately you've got the ridiculous TSA gauntlet to deal with, plus having to re-check your bags. The USA does a great job of making life miserable for transit passengers and those making connections.

Still though, I think BOS is one of the most flyer-friendly airports in the country.

[Edited 2012-09-07 18:24:33]


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User currently offlineGSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 465 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 6):
Winter:

OneWorld: 1,323 (AA) + 5,560 (BA) + 600 (IB) = 7,483 seats

After looking at the W12/13 schedule for week commencing Monday 5th November it would appear the Oneworld carriers will offer less seats than the numbers shown in this post.

For W12/13

AA - Will operate a daily 757 and offering a total of 1,274 seats

BA - Will continue to operate 3 x daily. 16 x 4 Class 777's (5 of the weekly 777's will be those configured with 12 First seats and 11 with 14 seats), 4 x Mid-J 747's, 1 x Hi-J 747 weekly will operate offering a total of 5001 seats.

IB- Will operate 3 x weekly using a A343. Offering a total of 762 seats.

This means oneworld will offer a total of 7037 seats


User currently offlineDTWPurserBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 1553 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Quoting questions (Reply 12):
Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 9):If DL pulls from BOS-LHR it will be the second or third time they've done so.

This was not my quote. My quote was #9, this one is from #10. Somehow they got it mixed up.



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User currently offlineclrd4t8koff From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

Quoting GSTBA (Reply 18):

This seems like a waste for AA to run just 1x 757 to LHR for the winter. Why not just give it to BA and have them upgauge the early evening flight to a 747 or something? Can AA not fill more than a 757 to LHR during winter?


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2158 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

Quoting GSTBA (Reply 18):
After looking at the W12/13 schedule for week commencing Monday 5th November it would appear the Oneworld carriers will offer less seats than the numbers shown in this post.

Yeah, on certain weeks during the winter the levels fluctuate, but I kind of did more of an "aggregate" calculation given that some of the really weak parts of the shoulder season (i.e. November, some December, January and February) have some major reductions, but on the whole from October through April, OW still provides more seats into BOS.

Does that make sense?



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User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

Quoting questions (Reply 12):
Is this what others have referred to as Delta throwing darts?

A lot of people on here speculated about the demise of MIA-LHR since it was mostly O&D and that while DL has a respectable presence in So FL, AA and oneworld have greater market share. Is BOS a similar case? Was DL opportunistically grabbing these LHR route knowing they were rolling the dice?

They were being opportunistic, but personally I'd think of MIA-LHR as more of a purely dartboard route than BOS-LHR for DL. I say that because BOS seems like a relatively larger and stronger station for DL vs. MIA.


User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4083 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Quoting clrd4t8koff (Reply 20):
This seems like a waste for AA to run just 1x 757 to LHR for the winter. Why not just give it to BA and have them upgauge the early evening flight to a 747 or something? Can AA not fill more than a 757 to LHR during winter?

Maybe there's a 'use-it-or-lose-it' rule at play here?


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