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Case in point -
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The Los Angeles market has always been very profitable for most airlines. However, Delta Airlines has never been able to grab on and keep Los Angeles as either an operations base, or gateway! Past routes for Delta Airlines in Los Angeles include Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The use of the 757-200, is also to be noted. At one time Delta Airlines was mainly a wide body airline at LAX!
With the much discussed introduction of Song on the Los Angeles-JFK market, will people opt for Song over American Airlines, United Airlines, America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, or Jet Blue?
Will a Business Elite passenger be required to fly on Song, to connect with Delta Airlines at JFK to fly to Europe?
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The San Francisco market, while a notable Delta Airlines strongpoint. Has always proven to be a profitable market for the airline. Delta Airlines after Pan Am, had offered daily service on the L1011 to Frankfurt. American and United have constantly operated the Boeing 767 on its Trans Continental Services from San Francisco. Delta Airlines, seem to be now shuttling the Trans Atlantic passengers back and forth using a single 757-200! This being compared to American and United bi-hourly service from SFO-JFK. Should Song service San Francisco in the near future will the masses choose Song over American Airlines, America West Airlines, and United Airlines.. Or even Continental Airlines or Jet Blue for that matter?
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The San Diego market, as well has served a very notable purpose for Delta Airlines. Now we are seeing American Airlines move in with daily 767-300 service to JFK, and more so Jet Blue and A320 equipment on the route!
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The Portland market, historically Delta Airlines gateway to Asia. Has now been reduced to sole domestic flights and the discontinuation of the daily JFK service, that at one time was flown wih both 757 and 767 aircraft. Previous gateways from Portland included Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, and Tokyo!
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The Las Vegas market, which by demographics has shown to be a vastly leisure market was at one time served by Delta Airlines mainline 757 equipment to JFK. The departure was offered late in the evening and proved to be rather unsuccessful. Other past routes from Las Vegas have included Boston, New Orleans, Orlando, and Tampa. The introduction of Song on this route should be most interesting. Song will be competing head on with America West Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Jet Blue.
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The Seattle market, just as San Francisco has always played very well with Delta Airlines. However, one must think how well Delta Airlines is doing to have discontinued the daily 757-200 service to JFK. This flight fed passengers to the onward International departures. Seattle now has services offered by American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Jet Blue, and United Airlines.
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In the end we must stop and think of one very valid question.
How well is Delta Airlines doing on its JFK operations?
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Has JFK, become a source of decreased profit for Delta Airlines? We have seen American Airlines in the past year re-introduce the old TWA route from JFK-FCO during the summer season. A flight that was completely sold out for most of the season.
We have seen American Airlines grow to serve JFK-LHR, JFK-CDG, JFK-FRA, JFK-ZRH, and the possible resumption of JFK-BRU, JFK-BCN! United Airlines has beefed up JFK-LHR with the 777-200 fleet.
All the while Delta Airlines has discontinued the use of MD-11, and 777-200 out of JFK! The fact that Delta Airlines is operating all 767-300 out of JFK says something right there. While their competitors i.e. Lufthansa, Iberia, TAP, and Austrian are operating larger aircraft with much more frequent departures!
In closing, this topic has been of great interest to me and others in recent days! Any information would be so very well appreciated! In the end, Delta Airlines has served us all well. And in saying so, I hope they do for many years to come!
[Edited 2003-10-28 01:50:42]