rjpieces
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Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:54 am

I was wondering if Delta has a dedicated group of Shuttle pilots and F/As or if they are just part of the normal MD-88 fleet, etc...Has it always been this way?

Thanks.
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aerlinguscargo
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:15 pm

The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:17 pm

Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 1):
The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.

Check you facts they do in fact now use the MD 80's series for shuttle flights.
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deltairlines
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:17 pm

Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 1):
The LGA-BOS Delta shuttle operates 737 not MD-88s.

Wrong. All Shuttle flights are MD-88s now...saw a few of them at BOS tonight while waiting for my flight down to GSO.

Anyway, I don't know about Flight Attendants, but I do remember that I had a friend that flew 727s for the Shuttle and just flew the Shuttle routes...it might have to do with seniority, but I believe all pilots for the Shuttle are based out of the NYC domicile.

Jeff

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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:23 pm

At DCA, our ID badge system has separate groups of employees for both the Delta and US Airways Shuttles.
 
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:38 pm

The pilots and f/as are just part of the regular crews...They can bid or are assigned shuttle rotations...
 
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:47 pm

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
Wrong. All Shuttle flights are MD-88s now...saw a few of them at BOS tonight while waiting for my flight down to GSO.

I stand corrected. When and why did they switch the equipment. I used to fly the shuttle a couple times a year, I flew on the 727's, and then later 738's (which have to have been my favorite aircraft shuttle trips). I knew they had downgraded the equipment to the 733's but i guess they have changed the fleet again.
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:01 pm

Quoting Aerlinguscargo (Reply 6):
I stand corrected. When and why did they switch the equipment. I used to fly the shuttle a couple times a year, I flew on the 727's, and then later 738's (which have to have been my favorite aircraft shuttle trips). I knew they had downgraded the equipment to the 733's but i guess they have changed the fleet again.
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Change occurred in November or December, if I remember correctly. Reason for the change was that the 737-300s were being retired/returned to lessors, as they were a bit of an anomoly in Delta's fleet (very expensive subfleet used on the Shuttle). That left Delta searching for a new plane to put on there...they chose the MD-88s because (a) they have a ton of them (b) they operate at a much higher efficiency than a 737-800 on a 200-250 mile segment (c) it provides a small increase in seats (737-300s had 120 seats, MD-88s have 134, which is not a huge increase, but the -800s had 150 seats, which at this time is a little too large for a Shuttle. While I haven't flown the new MD-88s, I've talked to several people who have, they seem to really enjoy the fact that it's a quieter ride for most (due to engines in the back) and that the 2-3 configuration means 80% of the passengers get a window/aisle, while only 66.7% did on the 737.

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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:40 pm

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
While I haven't flown the new MD-88s, I've talked to several people who have, they seem to really enjoy the fact that it's a quieter ride for most (due to engines in the back) and that the 2-3 configuration means 80% of the passengers get a window/aisle, while only 66.7% did on the 737.

At first I hated it, but after they refurbished them I've come to enjoy them very much. The only negative is if you are taking it during rush hour and get stuck in the back near the engines...
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RE: Delta Shuttle Crew Question

Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:56 pm

As for the pilots question...AFIK, the current shuttle routes are being flown by regular ATL and NYC based M88 crews, as if it was a mainline flight. Back when the 733 was operating the shuttles, those pilots were only Shuttle pilots, as the 733/73G was devoted soley to Shuttle.

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