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Delta Express 2318 Diverted To Atl?  
User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

Hey everyone... I'm flying on this flight tomorrow (Dec. 27) but I was looking up the info for this flight tonight and it says it's planned to be diverted to ATL before it even leaves the ground. Below is the info I found off of Delta.com. Keep in mind, this is normally a non-stop flight from MCO-IND.

Leg: 1
Delta Express 2318
Departure City: MCO
Scheduled Departure Time: December 26 - 7:30pm
Estimated Departure Time: On Time
Arrival City: ATL
Scheduled Arrival Time: December 26 - 9:00pm
Estimated Arrival Time: December 26 - 9:00pm
Departure Gate : 73
Arrival Gate: N/A
Equipment: Boeing 737-200

Leg: 2
Delta Express 2318
Departure City: ATL
Scheduled Departure Time: December 26 - 9:40pm
Estimated Departure Time: December 26 - 9:40pm
Arrival City: IND
Scheduled Arrival Time: December 26 - 10:01pm
Estimated Arrival Time: December 26 - 11:10pm
Departure Gate : N/A
Arrival Gate: B04
Equipment: Boeing 737-200

Anyone have any explanations for this or why it's even being diverted before it takes off?? Any answer is appreciated. Thanks

-Justin



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User currently offlineAWA22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

The only thing I can think of is they want this aircraft in ATL for one reason or another.

User currently offlineJcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1960 times:

It was snowing earlier in the day in IND, actually quite hard. A lot of diversions around STL, IND, CLE etc.. and all the way into the northeast (LGA, JFK, PHL, BOS)

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

That would probably be understandable if it had been diverted after takeoff but it was noted that it would have a stop in ATL as early as 8am this morning. It's inflight to ATL as we speak. Thanks for everyone's response.

-Justin


User currently offlineJcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

oh yea.. sorry... that is weird. maybe a DL employee can help. I was thinking maybe it had to ferry something, but why not just use a bigger mainline jet?

The only other reason I can see is that something minor needed to be fixed on the a/c and there wasn't a crew at MCO capable of doing it, so it's just gonna stop in ATL for about an hour to get the problem fixed and then head off to IND.


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

Just a wild stab at this, but perhaps someone made an error as far as date entry, i.e. even though it's Thursday December 26th right now, the operating time of the flight is after 0000Z (UTC), and into the new "Zulu" day. Many flight-oriented times are based in UTC, and perhaps some non-operational person mistook at 27/0200Z (as an example) for something that happened on Friday December 27th versus something that happened on the evening of December 26th (but after 0000Z).

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

I just got off the phone with Delta and they said the reason it stopped in ATL was to change aircraft. But I don't understand that.... Why would they change it. And if you theory is correct, Jcxp15, they why would they takeoff if they knew they had a mechanical problem. Isn't that dangerous? Of course I suppose it depends on the seriousness of the problem. Anyhow... I'll be on this flight tomorrow and I hope we don't have this problem too. Thanks for everyone's help.

User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Diversions are common. Especially in winter. This is a non-issue.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

But this isn't an "all-of-a-sudden" diversion. It was planned since early this morning. It just took off about an hour ago.

User currently offlineSs278 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

I'll throw this into the " pure speculation only" ring. Just because they are changing aircraft doesn't necessarily mean there is anything wrong with it. If this stop has been planned for some time, perhaps the airplane in question was due for scheduled heavy maintenance and they are simply saving the cost of a ferry flight from MCO, especially if the load is light (as might be the case on Dec. 26th) and relatively few people would be inconvenienced.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Yeah... the flight only had about 30 people or so on it out of 119 seats.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1895 times:

Now that I read your original message a little closer (forget about the possible time mistakes), let's try this...

The aircraft that was going into ATL may have had a deferred maintence item that would have been OK into ATL, but not on to IND. The aircraft with inoperative item or system may have been precluded from operating into known/forecast icing conditions, IMC weather, or may have been precluding departing a maintenance facility (such as ATL) without first being repaired.

Deferral of some aircraft items is perfectly legal and safe as far as any restrictions and/or limitations in the aircraft's minimum equipment list (MEL) are adhered to.

A simplistic example would be windshield wipers. If they were "inop" on your car, and you couldn't fix it until the next day, you wouldn't arbitrairly "ground" you car and keep it in the garage all day. You'd limit your driving to periods that it wasn't raining, and if it was raining, THEN it would stay in the garage until it either quit raining, or you could fix them.

Aircraft are no different, and it's up to the airline's pilots, dispatchers, and MX folks to keep an eye on this stuff, so nothing unsafe or illegal takes place. Sometimes, aircraft are routed intentionally to fix things. Other times, items fail in-flight, and necessitate diverting to either repair the inop item, or swapping out to another aircraft. Sounds like that have have occurred here...


User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

Ok. Thanks for everyone's guess. I think we may have figured out why this plane has diverted into ATL. It would be nice if one of the passengers on this flight would comment on what they were told after they land and get to their homes. Maybe an airliners.net forum member is on that flight. But don't hold your breath.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Oh yeah... I forgot to say goodnight to you all. Thanks again.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

Oops. It went on there twice... Goodnight and thanx again

-Justin


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6630 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Hopefully, the folks on this flight enjoyed the ride on DLX as it will soon be over for IND. Last DLX flights to IND are Dec 31. Starting Jan 1, IND-MCO will be handed over to Chautauqua ERJ-145's. It's a big capacity cut, but you do get 3 daily flights instead of 2.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2571 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1822 times:

Flight 2318 was flown through ATL for an aircraft swap. Aircraft 313 came in for a repainting.

User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

Thanks so much. That explains it now. Well... hopefully I will not have this problem tonight as I take this same flight.

FlyPNS1: I know what you mean. I wish DLX was going to keep IND. I've accumulated many miles with Express going to IND. But I have a superstition about small planes like the ERJ-145 so I don't think I'll be flying non-stop on Delta anymore to IND. It may have to be ATA or Delta (connecting somewhere) or if I really have to... SOUTHWEST. Didn't think I'd ever say that. No offense to Southwest fans! Don't attack me because said that. PLEASE. Just my opinion.  Smile

Thanks once more everybody.

-Justin


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

Maybe it has something to do with the age of the Delta Express 737-200. Soemone at the Delta disptach is probably counting on the to-be-diverted 732 to need an antique part replaced, so the call to the Boeing museum in Seattle has already been made.


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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1609 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1741 times:

Dlx737200:

Don't feel bad about the Southwest thing... It's ok, we understand  Smile

But who can refuse $34 one way tickets? Not me...



"FLY DELTA JETS"
User currently offlineDlx737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1695 times:

Yeah... 34 dollars to fly 300 miles. Not 900 miles. More like 100 dollars which is close to any other airline. I just don't like Southwest because they don't have reserved seating.

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

Perhaps this aircraft is being pulled off Express and put into mainline service. Delta Express is being phased out next year.


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