CDreier From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2922 times:
Since NWA merged with Delta is KDTW now considered a Delta hub - either in a schedule sense or in terms of crew assignments? Also, any other hubs that are now a part of Delta operations that weren't before the merger?
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3827 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2905 times:
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Yes, DTW will soon be a Delta hub. And so will MSP. DTW and MSP were Northwest two major hubs. The whole NW fleet and network is now completely integrated in DL. A Northwest aircraft although still painted in Northwest livery is technically a Delta aircraft. There are still a few aircraft painted in Northwest livery but you won't see those long, end of 2010 at the latest the red tails will be history.
To answer your question, DTW and MSP are two hubs that weren't part of Delta operations before the merger.
Brains From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2738 times:
At the moment the great majority of flights out of DTW are still NW flights. The completion of the merger and move to operate on a single certificate will not happen until last I heard February 2010. I suppose if you wanted to split hairs you could say that yes all flights operated in NW colors are Delta flights, but that wouldn't be entirely true as NW and DL plan flights on two separate systems and use separate reservation systems as well. When the two carriers operate on the same certificate at that point will NW no longer exist. Until then DL is simply the parent company and NW is a wholly owned subsidiary on their own operating certificate. Don't forget MEM. They were the third NW hub and will be another DL hub once the merger is complete. NW aircraft in DL colors still use the NW callsign, they simply add "in delta colors" to the end. Hope this helps a little.
PGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2830 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2493 times:
Quoting American 767 (Reply 1): The whole NW fleet and network is now completely integrated in DL.
That's is really not accurate. Pilots cannot bid or fly aircraft from the other airline yet, Flight Attendants (and others) have not even voted on union representation yet, and the operations are not on the same certificate, nor will they be for a while. From a passenger's viewpoint, the transition is occurring more rapidly than the actual functional integration. Flights with dual codes (essentially all flights now) still carry different NW and DL flight numbers, and flight crews cannot interfly yet.