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How Come The Recent Events In ATl Kept Quiet?  
User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Posted (14 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2435 times:

How did Delta manage to keep the recent "8 hour" waits on the airplane for takeoff so quiet? The last time that happened to an airline it was a huge media event and gave the airline a reputation it is still trying to live down..and that was fora full fledged blizzard.

Any thoughts how Delta dodged the media bullet on this one?

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User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2092 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

I don't know how they did it...I was stuck as a nonrev on a flight for 6 hours waiting to be deiced.....IMHO (even thought I live in the North), I think it's inexcuseable. Many were warned before we stepped on the planes that it would take that long to deice. I thought they had the worst deice plan.

Can anyone confirm or lay to rest the notion that ATL's deicing is contracted out by a company, not the airlines?? If so....it does not take 45 mins to deice per plane....that's just rediculous, no way that should happen.


User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 18 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

No, Delta deicing in Atlanta is not contracted out. It is done by Delta ramp, as in all other Delta cities where the ramp is staffed with Delta or Delta Global Services employees.

The problem is that Delta only has something like 10 deicing trucks in ATL. They are ill equipped to handle the kind of weather that they got, and can you blame them? It's Atlanta, not Chicago or Detroit. In comparison, we have four Delta deicing trucks here at PDX and we only have like 20 mainline flights a day.

I don't think ATL vs DTW is a fair comparison since NW should have been prepared to take care of the irregular operations for a hub that is used to seeing snowy winters.

It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineBestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 8667 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 17 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

I presume NWA was flying NW, and handled by NW ground crew?

The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

I would assume that in the hub cities, deicing is handled by ramp staff of the respective airline, yes.

At least that's the case at Delta. In every city where the ramp is staffed with Delta personnel, whether they're Delta Air Lines or Delta Global Services employees, and where there is the potential need for deicing, the ramp does the deicing work with Delta-owned trucks.

It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineDelta737 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 517 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Another big reason is that the general public is so focused on on-time performance.

Even though the flights pushed back to wait 8 hours to depart after deicing, the media still reports that our on-time departures are higher than last month even though most of the flights didn't actually depart.

It's sick, I know. I'd be pretty pissed myself.

I think when the airlines and the public ease their addiction on on-time performance stats, things will change.


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