deltadude8
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Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:43 am

I remember reading about the post regarding DL painting a plane in Retro colors. Any idea when we can expect to see this 'craft? And any other details about it?

Thanks,
DELTADUDE8

Some GREAT news from DL:

ATLANTA, April 5, 2004 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for the month of March 2004. System traffic for March 2004 increased 9.5 percent from March 2003 on a capacity increase of 4.7 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 75.5 percent in March 2004, up 3.2 points from the same period last year.

Domestic traffic in March 2004 increased 7.9 percent year over year while capacity increased 5.6 percent. Domestic load factor in March 2004 was 74.2 percent, up 1.6 points from the same period one year ago. International traffic in March 2004 increased 16.0 percent year over year on a 1.4 percent increase in capacity. International load factor was 81.1 percent, up 10.3 points from March 2003.

During March 2004, Delta operated its schedule at a 99.4 percent completion rate, compared to 99.2 percent in March 2003. Delta boarded 9,424,803 passengers during the month of March 2004, an increase of 3.2 percent from March 2003. Detailed traffic and capacity are attached.
 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:46 am

That is great news. Especially considering the current situation.


 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:34 pm

There is a photo in the current employee magazine in regards to the 767.
The plane is silver with a the DC3 stripes and lettering. The tail has a large 75th anniversary logo minus the word Delta. Below the stripe just behind the 1L door is the 75th logo again with the word Delta. The engines are silver as well with the classic Delta Air Lines logo circa 1950.
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:44 pm

When can we expect to see it?


And keep up the great work at Delta!
 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:47 pm

Good job to my fellow coworkers!

can't wait to see the Spirit redone

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 3:46 pm

"When can we expect to see it?"

Doesn't give an exact date. Most events occur in June, however it could be anytime between April 23rd and June 18th.
It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.
 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:01 pm

I hope sooner than later!

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:15 pm


Remember this - Delta was the first carrier to carry 100 million pax. Even though 9/11 had a huge impact, they still have managed to keep their numbers above that milestone. AMR only surpassed DL in pax because of the TW acquisition.

Hopefully, things will continue to rebound. We just need to plead with DALPA to give a little more to make their compensation in line with the rest of the industry. Then the widget will proudly fly again....


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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 5:54 pm

I am very happy to see that their results are improving. This is my all time favorite American airline and especially their far in advance seat-reservation is very reliable! The one thing I really miss is my beloved L1011-TriStar!
My dream is to see them fly one day out of my home-airport! I think a DUS-ATL service will prove quiete succsessfull providing our runway will be extended to use any aircraft without weight restrictions!

Delta - keep on flying!

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 6:19 pm

"System traffic for March 2004 increased 9.5 percent from March 2003 on a capacity increase of 4.7 percent. Delta’s system load factor was 75.5 percent in March 2004, up 3.2 points from the same period last year."

This may be a rookie question, but do those numbers include Delta Connection flights as well? I imagine they do. I too would like to see that 767, but Delta does not fly the 76' to IND.
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Tue Apr 06, 2004 6:44 pm

Hey Travelagent,

...you just made it on to my Respected Users list!

What nice and kind words to say about Delta and the L1011... that alone was enough to put you on the list!!!  Wink/being sarcastic

DL is also my all-time favorite American carrier!!! And I just loved the L1011 and I truly miss her!

In fact I had my first flight ever on a DL L1011 going from FRA to ATL!

And yes, how cool would it be to see DL adding service to DL), Germany">DUS! But due to SkyTeam it will probably never happen!

I wish Delta nothing but the best and support them by flying ONLY them whenever I´m going full-fare! What a great airline!!!

Best regards,

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:02 am

Travelagent and L1011lover-

Thanks for the kind words, we're working hard to keep customers like you!

Tiger119, I think ASA, Comair, Skywest etc. have to have their own numbers, they operate somewhat independently of Delta, Skywest is its own airline.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Wed Apr 07, 2004 5:05 am

i have the same feelings for the tri-star as travelagent .my very first commercial flight was on an L1011 going to FRA from CVG.while the seat i had was in the middle of the plane,i got to listen to the roar of the engines and loved every moment of the flight.to bad we'll never get to experance that again Sad
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Wed Apr 07, 2004 5:18 am

I have the same wistful, nostalgic feelings for the L1011, I have flown her many times, mainly between ATL and SFO. What an amazing machine, way ahead of her time when she was conceived.

As with the rest of you, I would love to know what the plans for the retro planes are. I live in Columbia (CAE), and if either of those planes is headed this way, I would appreciate any kind of advance notice if any of you are in the know.

I wish you all the best at DL.
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:06 am

I believe that right now she is in the paint shop and will come out round the 17th or so. Not sure though. I'll have to ask a friend that works in Tech-Ops and get back to yall on that. Cant wait to see her as well. There is another thread about the Spirit in Retro colors. She is going to look great.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1478267/4/

Here is the link for that other thread.

Thanks for all the kind words about Delta. She is truly a Special aircraft. And the L1011 was indeed a very special airplane for Delta. The L1011 help shape delta into the world leading airline that it is today.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:11 am

Caetravlr Right on about the L-1011.

I was in ATL this morning and saw the ATA L-1011 (Military Charter I think) arrive or depart and it was sweet to see!
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:17 am

If I'm not mistaken, those traffic numbers include Atlantic Southeast and Comair, but do not include Skywest, Atlantic Coast, Chautauqua, or American Eagle...somebody please, please, please correct me if I am wrong...
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:22 am

"Some GREAT news from DL:"

What a difference a week makes...

Delta Air Lines Reports First Quarter Loss of $383 Million




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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:30 am

Love to see the DL 1011 memories. My dad was a contracts administrator with Lockheed for many years, and did a lot of the legwork on Lockheed's behalf with selling DL their 1011's.

When I left for college (ERAU) in 1981, he took one of Lockheed's DL 1011 color file photos, had it blown up, and mounted a clock on it. When I look now straight out from my desk to the opposite wall, I'm staring right at it. The 1011 put food on our table for many years.

I'll be interested to see the retro 767.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:34 am

"Some GREAT news from DL:"

What a difference a week makes...

Delta Air Lines Reports First Quarter Loss of $383 Million


Which was less than what DL had actually given guidance for. Oh, and for at least the last 3 months of 2003 DL carried more passengers than any other airline. Looking a little deeper into DL's numbers there costs are improving, with respect to their revenue; however, the have to get their personnel costs down (pilots account for the largest share of this).
 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 7:23 am

The first flight I remember taking (age 3) was on a Delta L1011 ATL-MCO. That was my favorite plaine, God rest their souls.

Concerning a retro jet, I would like to see DL's flagship--the 777-- painted in the widget scheme. How cool would that be. Probably not retro enough, but it sure would develop a following of spotters around the world!
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:56 am

Av8rdal,

That would be lovely. Here's to hoping and praying for a widget 777. But oh how we can wish and wish and wish. I just hope that Delta keeps the widget ships that they still have. A Delta 767 dressed in the old Delta Widget is truly a great sight, Nothing looks better on a 767 or any other aircraft for that matter.

the new Retro Livery will truly be original and beautiful. I cant wait to see the Spirit done up in it. Maybe someone can find the picture that was in the Delta News Digest and post it somewhere for everyone to see.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:48 am

This is excellent news for delta, ever since I was a little kid I have been a fan of Delta airlines because no other airline has given me the opportunities as delta as (i.e. allowing me to roam about at world headquarters during summer ace camp, free sim rides and a nice long visit to tech ops and many memorable chats with pilots) I for one hope they pull through and survive so one day I might be one of their pilots, if I retire from the airforce that is.....
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:11 am

Good to see! Can't wait to see the retro 767...I'll be in ATL on the 17th- maybe I'll end up seeing it while I'm there.

Adding to the L-1011 stories, Delta's L10s (the only ones I was ever on) were a thrill to fly for me, usually because it meant we were going to Puerto Rico. I remember the low growl of the engines when they started & were throttled up...flying on one was sorta like meeting a celebrity when I was younger because of how excited I would get to go on one. I got to go to the lower galley once & thought that was awesome- an elevator on a plane. Got to take 8 over the years, but it could've been 10:

We were supposed to go to Florida in July 2001. I knew that DL was parking them at the end of the month & tried to get into MCO with Delta. There was availability & we were going to take two L10s....one ATL-MCO, the other would be on the last DL L10 flight. I was in heaven until we called to confirm the reservation & the agent told us that they were being pulled on the 17th. My mom changed the reservations to US & when we got to MCO on the 24th (I think) & were leaving, I saw one parked at DL's airside. Needless to say, I was pissed beyond belief, ready to explode & felt like I'd been robbed.

We left Florida on 7/31 & it sucked to know that I was at the same airport where a few hours later, my favorite plane would take one last revenue flight for my favorite airline...

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:23 am

I have such wonderful memories of flying those Delta Tristars between ATL and MCO when I as in grade school. That was from the old ATL airport. I still remember the "sticky-tab" charts they used for boarding passes and the sattelite boarding facilities. Those were great days. Delta is really an awesome carrier and I hope things can turn around for them.
 
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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Thu Apr 15, 2004 10:38 am

Is nice to see Delta rebound like this, but unfortunately, the pilots are STILL scapegoated for making the company do this badly....where's the other leaks?
There would be concessions already going on, if management took DALPA's offer of (I think it was) 14% plus the 4.5% raise coming up....but they still want 34% I believe it is....anyways, off topic  Smile.

I saw the Spirit 767 in ATL over at E concourse on Saturday, she looked the exact same...maybe they've rolled her into the paint shed since?

Rode DL all weekend on my pass card....as an overall statement, I can say it's really improving...awesome pilots, awesome f/a's, great food...I think it's come a long way in the past year.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:23 am

I don't want to make this a Delta Pilots vs Delta thread but Just to clear the air. The current offer on the table by DALPA is only a 9% wage concession and elimination of the 4.5% pay raise for this year. Delta seeks a 30% wage cut and elimination of the pay raise.

Delta Airlines has certainly gained much ground in containing its elaborate cost structure and is making strides to simplify it even more. Prefunding the pension plans is the main reason for the large loss of money for the first quarter. These are just my simple observations. Delta will be a single livery airline by this time next year so says the Chief Executive. No more widgets, No more Ron Allen blue tail, Say hello to the Wavy Gravy.

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RE: Delta Retro Jet...and Great News At Delta!

Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:29 am

I saw it depart MCO today. Looks a bit dull (and so was the weather), they really should have left ship#102 in a bare metal scheme.

Justin

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