few things about the west coast presence of delta that i do remember. first of all, who could forget how they turned around terminal 5 at lax. upon finishing western airlines start, terminal 5 was dubbed the "oasis" with bright marble flooring through, vaulted ceilings, sky lights, artificial palm trees and shrubbery all through, and ample windows to provide a bright, airy atmosphere to the terminal, it was unbelievable. at that time, they still operated from their gates at the end of terminal 6, the two or three gates that were elevated at the very end of the terminal, and skywest airlines also operated as delta connection out of terminal 6.
routes just after the takeover, to add to the above, i also remember there being a lax-okc-tul flight, 2X daily, then 1X daily before it was cut. also, other cities served that i remember from lax were sea, pdx, sfo, smf, rno, fat, sjc, oak, las, phx, tus, san, abq(continued to elp), slc, yyc (continued to yeg), yvr, hnl, ogg, and then a handful through mexico. those i believe were acapulco, ixtapa, guadalajara, mexico city, puerto vallarta if i am correct, might be missing one there. most of the late day northeast flights like pdx/sea continued onto anc. at one time, western then delta operated hourly service between lax and las, and then after the takeover, delta on their own operated a delta shuttle with flights every hour on the hour between lax and sfo. when western entered the dc-10 into service to hawaii, i remember my timetables that i still have had pictures of f/a serving hawaiian punch from a steaming volcano during flight. the dc-10 proved to be short-lived when fighting against delta's mighty fleet of L-1011 which eventually took over the hawaii routes.
out west, skywest fed delta through hubs in slc and lax, flying a fleet of swm and emb-120 a/c. i think their longest leg ever was a winter service that would operate couple times a week between lax and telluride nonstop. almost every smaller community throughout california was at one point served by skywest and its predecessor, sunaire. sunaire had a large presence throughout the southwest being based in psp.
above, one quick note, it was mentioned about some side service, anybody remember when delta offered late night service from a number of cities in the midwest to las vegas. msy is already mentioned, i remember mci having a night flight with a B727, i forgot who else won the flights that were quickly alll taken away with the exception of msy.
back in l.a. bout the time of the western takeover, in conjunction with skywest, western and then delta really fought to keep the l.a hub functional. promotions all through l.a. offered service from all 5 l.a. basin airports. all were served nonstop via slc, but even smarter, advertising got smart, and from lax, flights were also offered to bur, ont, and sna to which they quickly hopped you to lax for a mainline flight, all for not much of an added charge. my dad reguarly flew bur-san on skywest bout 3 times a week on the swm and then the emb-120 once those arrived. the ont/sna-lax routes still survive with skywest, although it now being operated for ua obviously.
for now, that's all i can remember, good start though. maybe more after dinner