jmets18
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Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:17 am

Is it me, or does anyone else think that with the retirement of the MD-11, Delta's 8 777's are no where near up to standards of other American based carriers. Look at UAL and American. They've got upwards of 50 777's, and UAL has upwards of 30 747's. The same that is said for Delta could be said for Northwest I suppose. Continental has been consistently adding 777's every year. And they fly there 764's overseas. Delta does not. One would think the loss of 15 MD-11's would hurt Delta in the long run.

What's everyone's opinion?
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:19 am

Except Delta has a crapload of 767s which is its prime Transatlantic aircraft.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:20 am

Maybe they should purchase A330/340 a/c to beef up the fleet.
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Dasheighty
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:20 am

Well the main question I have is; Delta retired the L-10-11 in 2001 Ok the aircraft has been flying since the 70's and her day is over. The MD!!'s were still a relatively new aircraft I cant see why delta would dump them unless the intend replaceing it with a 747-400 or 767-400's or more 777 right now I think there a little short handed.
 
jmets18
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:27 am

Well, they have 69 767-300 ER aircraft. Do you think all of those are used for overseas flights? They have a total of 123 767's. 21 are 764, and 28 are 763. I guess they might have enough for overseas travel. It just seems like they should have a lot more 777's. Why only 8? Because they had the L10-11 and MD-11. Now they're gone. So Delta's gotta be ordering more in the near future.

My two cents anyway...
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:27 am

Even without the L1011's and the MD11's, DL still has one of the largest HEAVY Fleets in the world.

Not sure of the exact numbers, but the 762, 763, and 764 fleet is over 130.

Also, keep in mind DL gets excellent usage of these a/c. Long or short haul, they seem to fill them.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:27 am

The only route where DL needs the range of the 772 is ATL-NRT, which requires three aircraft for the daily flight. That leaves five 772s for other services, and two more are coming in 2005.

DL has about 130 767s, the world's largest fleet of that type. The 763 is perfectly suited to DL's long-range needs which is really only from the Eastern US to Europe or ATL to Brazil and the Southern Cone. DL is able to fill the 763 up, whereas the 772 would be a streach on most routes.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:27 am

They grounded the MD11 because the MD11 is a shitty aircraft.

They're better off carefully allocating 777s and increasing their 767 flying.

Don't get me wrong, I am positive Delta would like to have more 777s in the fleet, they just aren't in the financial position to do so.

They definitely aren't going to get 747-400s, and I wouldn't expect any 764s to Europe.

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:39 am

Wasn't there a dispute between Delta and the pilots' union that prevented DL from ordering more 777s? Something about pay?
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:53 am

I totally agree with Gigneil
I think Delta is going to further bet on their B767s. A friend of mine is a FO flying DL Triple Seven's. He told me that apparently their is only one DL B777 equipped with crew-rest etc. as monetary issues prevented any further modifications to any other B777. Also, I think the B764 and B777 pay issues were settled sometime last year.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:59 am

Delta's 8 777's are no where near up to standards of other American based carriers

Delta's thirteen eventual 777s wont be too far from CO's eighteen member fleet count... CO being an airline similar to DL's infrastructure and currently profitable.



Look at UAL and American

Yes, look at them:
one bankrupt, and the other came within a quarter inch of being so just last year. Great examples!  Laugh out loud



Continental has been consistently adding 777's every year.

hmm... 1998, 1999, and 2002 are considered "every year" in your world?



Maybe they should purchase A330/340 a/c to beef up the fleet.

Maybe you should purchase half-pills, because that statement proves you're not ready for the whole thing  Big grin
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:00 am

He told me that apparently their is only one DL B777 equipped with crew-rest etc. as monetary issues prevented any further modifications to any other B777

Now, there are three. They are currently operating the ATL-NRT run... the rest of the fleet to follow
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:01 am

If you want to know where DL's heavies are.. check out the schedules from ATL into FLL, MIA, PBI, MCO and TPA. In season, practically all of these routes are flown with 762's, 763's and 764's. ( Except PBI, we don't get the 764 for some reason).
 
Dasheighty
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:03 am

I dont see delta to purchase Airbus aircraft anytime soon if at all.

I know they had some A-310's after the demise of Pan Am but they didnt hold onto them for all that long
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:13 am

Delta uses the 767's to the max right now, you'll see it on short hops, like ATL-JAX, or ones like ATL-CDG..just depends.

But with the demise of the M11 fleet, it basically halved Delta's super longhaul fleet...it just keeps shrinking, especially with the retirement of the L10 in 2001. I hope to see more 777's come online soon..I think they can fill them. So yes, the longhaul fleet is smaller.

The 764's aren't helping though, being in that super dense config, and never getting to go Intl..they really could use that aircraft better. Even though it's the L-1011 replacement.

I had always heard that they were "parking" the MD-11 fleet. Obviously, some are gone to other carriers, but I wish there was the slim chance of a rebound of them...oh well, guess I'll have to settle for the simulator in ATL.  Sad

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:14 am

ConcordeBoy:

Could you be more arrogant? I guess it say's it all in your name..."boy". You're respect rating is way too high...
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:21 am


I think with the route infrastructure and ops for right now, they seem to be very well off... The 767's they have, well a good many are mid-late 90's examples and they will hold off. The one thing I do expect is Delta to order the 7E7 later on down the line, which around that time (2008-2010) DL will need to re-adjust their fleet according to their needs. Right now they are fine.
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Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:26 am

I think it will be a long time before you see any mure busses in Delta's fleet. (yay)
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:27 am

about 25% of AA, DL, and UA's fleet is in widebodies if you do the math. DL is by far heavier on the 767 which is suited for its predominantly European route system which is very seasonal. AA is big on the 777 while UA throws 747's into the mix. DL probably won't acquire any more 777's than what's on order unless they grow in the Pacific.

I agree w/ 767-332ER that Delta is a prime candidate for buying the 7E7. Given that many of the long range 7E7 capabilities are similar to or better than the 777, it doesn't make sense to buy a bunch of 777's that will only be competitive for 5 years.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:28 am

Delta got rid of the MD-11's because they are not as fuel efficient as the twin jet 76's and 77's . To my understanding they plan to get a few more 77's in 2005. Someone correct me if I wrong.
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Dasheighty
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:31 am

Pilotntrng,

Not saying your wrong but wouldn't it have been more logical for delta to keep the MD-11 for Domestic use swapping the 767-400 for international?
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:35 am

Delta does have many heavies. Delta needs a lot more 777s to compete decently over the Atlantic. If I'm not mistaken there are eight in service right now, correct? Well, no matter, Northwest is taking up large orders for the A330, the rival to the 777, in my perspective, and Continental has a significantly larger fleet. Their goals are to compete in the market with AA and UA and CO. AA and UA operate the largest fleets of 777s in the world. Delta needs to buy more Boeing 777s for the international market. They could add more flights to the same destination internationally, plus they could operate more fuel-efficient operations. However, 767-332ER, I will agree with you that Delta will buy the 7E7, since it has a tradition of avoiding Airbus: The only aircraft they ever operated were a small fleet of A310s. The 777-200ER is the MD-11's successor. They must put them to good use. Eight aircraft isn't enough. In my mind, you need at least 12 giant jetliners in order to make good use of the aircraft type.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:43 am

Possibly Dasheighty,

but the reason they got rid of the MD-11 was to make their entire fleet twin-jet and to save on fuel cost. The MD-11 would be good on short hops, but it seems that fleet simplification and fuel cost drove it out of DL.
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Dasheighty
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:47 am

I guess in short the MD-11 was the "Edsel" of the Airline world.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:54 am

It wasn't so much fuel economy - the MD-11 wasn't bad in that regard. They just did want to get an all twinjet fleet.

It was a maintenance hog was the main problem, a hangar queen if you will.

I know they had some A-310's after the demise of Pan Am but they didnt hold onto them for all that long

They ordered new A310s well after the demise of Pan Am. The 767 is just a more flexible aircraft.

Delta needs a lot more 777s to compete decently over the Atlantic.

I dunno, Thrust. DL is the number one US carrier across the Atlantic, in terms of pax boarded, destinations, and revenues. I think they've got the right mix.

I guess in short the MD-11 was the "Edsel" of the Airline world.

Yep. It was destined to be a cargo hauler... McDD sealed its fate by delivering the first frame off the line to FedEx.  Laugh out loud

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:56 am

Dasheighty: No it was more like the AMC Pacer!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:29 am

I don't think DL needs as many 777s as the other airlines operating them because its hubs (ATL and CDG) are not as important internationally as those of other 777 operators. The 767 is more appropriately sized for most of their international routes. Northwest hubs (DTW and MSP) are comparable in international importance, but then again, they are moving toward the A330 which could be considered more of a 763/764 competitor than 772. I guess JFK is a good place DL could add 777s, but as was mentioned here, the 767 work just fine for transatlantics.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:36 am

DOES DAL HAVE ENOUGH HEAVIES??????? You must be kidding. Take an international flight with DAL sometime. You find that they are all "heavies" serving both coach and business. We have no shrotage of heavies.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:39 am

Very few of Delta's existing long-haul markets justify the use of the 777 on a year-round basis. Unless they get access to LHR or if ICN is ever built up to rival Tokyo, they don't really need too many more 777s. Look at where UA and AA deploy most of their 777s (on key Pacific routes to Tokyo and on transatlantic runs to LHR) - Delta does not have those markets. Delta may be big in markets like CDG but even AA has downgraded all of their CDG flights to the 763ER.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:46 am

DL has plenty of widebodied aircraft. While it is unfortunate that they had to retire their MD-11s after such a short service life, the fact is that the MD-11 has performed substantially better as a freighter than as a passenger airliner. DL can attain better results on passenger routes with 767s and 777s and at the same time has a ready market for their MD-11s in the form of the freight operators.

I believe DL is taking delivery of two or three additional 777s this year to replace the MD-11s that operated the ATL-NRT service.

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:55 am

DL's problem is tha they run some odd routes with theri intl planes.
CDG-CVG-LAX? If they drop CVG-LAX or make it a domestic 767, 1 more plane for international. Also they are wasting planes on their domestic BIZElite flights. make those regular 763s if you want, but stop wasting ERs!
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:58 am

There are factual inaccuracies, urban myths, and good examples of faulty logic in just about every post in this thread.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 7:02 am

I don't think it's a case of wasting ERs as much as finding the right international routes to start (or add frequencies to). After 9/11 and the subsequent cancellation of quite a few transatlantic routes, the 763ERs were redeployed to domestic service. Some of those have returned to international flying but they have not reinstated all of the international flights (e.g., JFK-MUC/ZRH/SNN/DUB/ARN). As they start new service (CVG-AMS, CVG-FCO) and increase some frequencies (2nd ATL-MUC, 3 additional weekly JFK-ATH) this summer, you'll see more of the 763ERs going back to international flying.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 7:03 am

Delta probably retired the MD-11 due to improving fleet commonality and because the MD-11 had a less-than-stellar performance record. Delta probably figures its small fleet of 777s and its 767-400s are enough for its transoceanic routes. However, I think that having more large aircraft would be good for Delta.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 7:15 am

Delta probably figures its small fleet of 777s and its 767-400s are enough for its transoceanic routes.

If by transoceanic you mean HNL then sure. Delta has no intentions of flying the 764 over the Atlantic.

However, I think that having more large aircraft would be good for Delta.

Can you explain why you think that?

If they drop CVG-LAX or make it a domestic 767, 1 more plane for international.

Thru flights to international destinations with international service is common.

Delta doesn't have a widebody shortage.

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:43 am

DeltaSFO,

Of course it is possible that Logic is faulty in this thread. Who the heck knows why decisions are made to keep one model or refer to another as an Edsel or a AMC Pacer!. It just seemed weird to me that Delta kept the L-10-11 for almost 28 years and dropped the MD-11...a much more advanced aircraft in slightly half that time......I'm sure there was a reason it just seems a little strange is all.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:01 am


Gigneil,

Actually the first MD-11 delivery went to Finnair.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:07 am

DeltaSFO, I heartily agree with you.

Dasheighty, the L-1011 was a beautifully engineered aircraft and as much as I like seeing MD-11s, they were near-crap because McDD didn't have enough money to really make the MD-11 a superb aircraft. Not to mention that it's bigger and has more range and requires more pax to fill year in and year out than any L-1011 ever built.

Thrust, I seriously doubt that Delta needs "a lot more 777s to compete over the Atlantic." They not only carry the most passengers over the Atlantic than any other airline (understandable considering that Delta is the heir of PAA's Atlantic operation), they operate what's almost a 767 shuttle service. The 767 has plenty of range and carries enough pax for them.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:19 am

Been wondering, which routes do Delta use their 777s on?
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:32 am

Actually the first MD-11 delivery went to Finnair.

DL, to this day, swears upon the holy Widget that it was the first to receive and place M11 into service.... even though among the aviation community it's widely believed that AY was the first to do so.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 10:06 am

Yes, I believe Delta was the first airline to introduce the MD-11 in revenue passenger service. They leased a couple of MD-11s from Mitsui/Tombo to hold them over until they got their own airplanes from McD. Regs N891DL and N892DL.


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On the 777/763ER issue.... domestic 76L flying is down sharply and will continue to decrease as they open the next round of new international routes (CVG-AMS, CVG-FCO).

Would Delta like to have more 777s than they have? Absolutely.

Can a case be made that, to some extent, they need 777s? Yeah, probably.

Will there be any movement before the financial picture is clear? Absolutely not. Two 777 deliveries are scheduled for early 2005. Until then, we have to ride on a 767 unless we're going to Narita or Paris.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:23 pm

Delta was the first carrier to place the MD-11 into SCHEDULED airline service.
Finnair, however, beat Delta by a few days with the first CHARTER service.

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:26 pm

N863DA... You're the man. Thanks for the clarification.
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:48 pm

>>>DOES DAL HAVE ENOUGH HEAVIES??????? You must be kidding. Take an international flight with DAL sometime. You find that they are all "heavies" serving both coach and business. We have no shortage of heavies.<<<

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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 12:49 pm

The best 763ER ride on Delta is their repositioning flight from BDL to ATL on Sunday mornings. We used to go up to Connecticut every so often to see family and would always be on a packed full 757 or 727. But those Sunday flights back on the 763s that were hardly ever even half full ... yeaaah.
 
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:10 pm

The MD-11 was a beautiful a/c, but it simply didn't live up to the performance criteria that MD had advertised. At least DL hung on to theirs for a while. AA was not happy with MD and the 11's and they couldn't get rid of them fast enough. It just so happens, that it does make an excellent freighter.  Smile No offense was intended when I refered to it as an AMC Pacer.  Big grin
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RE: Does Delta Have Enough Heavies?

Fri Jan 09, 2004 2:26 pm

I noticed something interesting about DL 767-400s when I was flying LAX-ATL last week in First. There is a first class cabin, with a small wall behind it. Then there is a forward coach cabin between that wall and a galley. Now I have no information that Delta's is planning to convert those planes to overseas ships. But if you remove First, the small wall, and the forward Coach cabin, you have a goodly size cabin able to hold a reasonable sized Biz cabin with a galley at the front and at the rear. It seems Delta ordered the planes in a configuration that would allow such a change if they ever deemed it necessary for market conditions, and to do it without the huge expense of completely changing the interior.

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