Topic: RE: Delta: Future New
Posted 2001-09-01 03:50:16 and read 2 times.
Oh my, Delta is getting a grand total of one 777? How exciting...
Delta is up for some stiff competition in the NYC market, mainly from CO. Delta has no domestic network to JFK, while CO has a large domestic network into EWR. CO can generate feed that DL can't. Most flights out of JFK are O&D, as JFK isn't really a hub. Also, UA will be giving DL stiff competition at JFK through Star. DL needs to stay on their turf in ATL.
JFK's current role in Delta's route structure is to serve local NYC traffic as well as European connections from other North American cities. JFK does not also function as a domestic hub or primary domestic connection point for Delta, which partly explains why JFK's domestic network is nowhere near as extensive as CO's is out of EWR.
Continental definitely provides stiff competition for Delta in the arena of transatlantic operations. Neither one is hurting in the NYC market, as both Continental and Delta are dispatching full aircraft across the Atlantic from Newark and New York/Kennedy, respectively.
As far as domestic traffic goes, Continental's got Delta beat in the NYC market. Continental offers so many more domestic nonstops from EWR than Delta does from JFK that it's not even close. For now, anyway. Delta's management have made it clear that they intend to grow JFK rapidly, both internationally and domestically, so we will see whether the JFK gateway develops into a Delta hub.
In response to your comment about Delta sticking to its turf at ATL, I both agree with you and disagree with you. While I think Delta has a solid market position in the NYC international market, I believe that a Delta HKG flight can only be supported from ATL, at least to begin. JFK-ATL-HKG offers a convenient, same concourse connection for Delta frequent flyers who would want to go to HKG, and ATL's domestic feed is unmatched by any other hub in the world.
If I were a betting man, I'd say Delta is looking pretty hard at the B777-200LR for some ultra long haul flights to Asia. But my guess is that they know that they need to start these flights from a well established domestic hub. Atlanta is perfect for that.
Finally, in response to N863DA, yes, BizElite is fabulous in any of the 3 types that are equipped with it, but BizElite on the 777 and MD-11 is definitely a more comfy experience, since the seats are wider. Besides, I'm partial to the 777's inviting interior and graceful exterior lines.
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