Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8744 posts, RR: 52 Reply 13, posted (5 months 3 days ago) and read 12180 times:
DL tried briefly with ERJs on SEA-LAX a few years ago and it was operated with 727s in the 90s. It's good to see them operating the route, but a CRJ, going against AS 737s and VX A320s hasn't worked so well for United, so I wonder how well it will work for DL. Give us some 737s or A320s and they can make the route work. DL has built up SEA and LAX.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
On LAX end, allows for good connections from SYD, KOA, OGG, HNL, LIH, SAN, LAS. (granted, AS has nonstops to all of these but SYD). SEA end allows for some extra flow to NRT/AMS/CDG if the LAX nonstops are full, as well as KIX and PVG.
LAX end allows for SYD, MIA, MCO, TPA, IND and other DL hubs. SEA has feed from HND
Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 13): DL tried briefly with ERJs on SEA-LAX a few years ago and it was operated with 727s in the 90s. It's good to see them operating the route, but a CRJ, going against AS 737s and VX A320s hasn't worked so well for United, so I wonder how well it will work for DL. Give us some 737s or A320s and they can make the route work. DL has built up SEA and LAX.
The CR9s at least are a world different than the ERJs tried five or so years ago. First Class, wi-fi, Economy Comfort, etc. For a two hour flight, it's not a horrible plane and will be reasonably competitive with AS/VX. Since the flight is over 900 miles, F does get a meal.
Keep in mind that with codesharing, some money gets paid from the marketing airline to the operating airline. It's great if you can't fill your own planes, but once you get enough of a presence, it makes sense to start flying your own plane and keeping that money than farming it out. Now with the feed and presence on both ends of this route, I'm guessing that there's a decent bit of people that DL is putting on AS each day to the point where it makes more financial sense to put your own planes on it and not hand that money over to AS.
It was during DL's ERJ phase at LAX around 2006, but it was actually run as a 1x daily 738 over that summer. I don't know if it was an ERJ before then (along with a lot of other things around then), but it did run on mainline that summer.
25 ridgid727: This was an original Western Airlines Route that DL axed, started, axed, started, axed and willbe starting again.
26 spiritair97: I hope (and don't doubt) that it'll do well! I like to see DL build up stations that aren't LGA or ATL in the last year or so.
27 enilria: It's equally dumb to their LAX-SFO service. It's probably also to stick it to AS.
28 jetlanta: Yet LAX-SFO is profitable for Delta. Go figure.
29 laca773: ! The main difference between DLC and UAX is DL does offer a F cabin with catering while UAX hands out those carb boxes in Y+. I believe also quite o