mech24
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ATL-DFW Capacity

Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:41 pm

Will anyone add capacity In the atl-dfw market when AirTran pulls out of DFW in Nov.?
 
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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:00 pm

If anyone does it, it will probably be Spirit, as they've carved themselves a nice little niche in Atlanta and surprisingly lasted here, although some routes didn't pan out for them as well as they had hoped. I think that DL and AA probably aren't going to add too many additional flights, if they add any at all.
 
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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:10 am

It would be more likely that AA and DL add flights on DFW-ATL, when the restrictions at Love Field allow Southwest to fly DAL-ATL. I could see the two adding flights 6 months ahead of WN's start date.
 
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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:45 pm

As said, it will be AA and DL if they even add capacity at all. They would only add capacity if they think it can be profitable. Those two with mega-hubs on both ends already offer a significant amount of flights each.

The question is how much of FL's ATL-DFW traffic is O&D versus connections over ATL.

Keep in mind (rough estimates on seat count)

FL - 6 flights, ~650 seats (I don't know what is 717 vs 73G), 16%
AA - 10 flights, ~ 1450 seats (all MD-80), 35%
DL - 12 flights, ~2000 seats (mix of MD-88, A320 & 757), 49%

DL & AA have a lot of levers to pull to add seats by either upgauging equipment or adding additional flights.
 
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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:05 pm

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 3):
DL - 12 flights, ~2000 seats (mix of MD-88, A320 & 757), 49%

I remember when DL flew the L-1011 on the route. I flew on one from DFW to ATL (connecting on a 767 to BRU) in 1994, I mention that because I love the L-1011 and it was for me one of only 4 L-1011 flights in my life. I was so glad I did. I have not flown on a Tristar since. I knew then that it would probably be my last L-1011 flight. I remember spotting lots of L-1011s in ATL.

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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:04 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 4):
I remember when DL flew the L-1011 on the route. I flew on one from DFW to ATL (connecting on a 767 to BRU) in 1994, I mention that because I love the L-1011 and it was for me one of only 4 L-1011 flights in my life. I was so glad I did. I have not flown on a Tristar since. I knew then that it would probably be my last L-1011 flight. I remember spotting lots of L-1011s in ATL.

When DL had a hub at DFW, they offered many more seats than now between DFW and ATL. They flew many wide bodies between the cities including 747-232's, DC-10's both in the 70's and after the WA merger, L-1011's, and 767-232 and 767-232's. The DFW-HNL flights originated in ATL as well. After the hub was closed there were many commuters that had to travel between the two cities, when the DFW F/A and pilot bases were closed, and there still are today. Additionally, there were a few flights daily with mainline equipment, i.e., 727-232's and MD-88's, that operated via intermediate cities including MGM, BHM, MLU, SHV, JCK, JAN, and MSY.
 
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RE: ATL-DFW Capacity

Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:19 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 4):
I remember when DL flew the L-1011 on the route. I flew on one from DFW to ATL (connecting on a 767 to BRU) in 1994, I mention that because I love the L-1011 and it was for me one of only 4 L-1011 flights in my life. I was so glad I did. I have not flown on a Tristar since. I knew then that it would probably be my last L-1011 flight. I remember spotting lots of L-1011s in ATL.

Oh yes, I remember on Jan 2, 1997 - we had just arrived in ATL after flying from Zurich on a SR 747-300!! and we were supposed to overnight in ATL, but as my mom was ill, my Dad rebooked us on the last flight back to DFW from ATL on an L-10/11. I will never forget that decision as it was my first (and probably only ever) ride on the beast.

Unfortunately, I fell asleep the second I got to my seat and was shaken awake by my sister when we were parked at DFW...so sad, I had 0 recollection of this flight! Nevertheless, I do remember receiving a small bistro bag.

Funny how even as recent as 2001, DL had 767s flying DFWATL and DFWMCO or DFWFLL. Man, how much I miss the Delta hub at DFW  
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