|Quoting STT757 (Reply 16):|
I can remember a direct quote from Leo Mullin during the first attempt at the JFK project that DL was going to "replicate what CO has done with their EWR hub". I've been looking for that article this morning but I'm having trouble finding it, I remember discussing it on here.
There have been 2 CEO's since Mr. Mullin; I would hardly take what he said years ago as indicative of what DL
's plans are now. He also thought hourly service to all major cities from ATL
was key to success too (DFW
, etc.). Does anyone remember SkyDeli? He was wrong on many accounts and some would say led DL
to BK (well he and his other cronies).
Back to NYC and DL
's strategy, I think the leaders of DL
now see NYC for what it is: JFK
for international, with connecting service to many "spokes" and LGA
with service to as many cities as will support it, within perimeter. I don't think the current DL
leadership have any delusions to think they can replicate what UA
has at EWR
. People forget how may folks thought CO
was crazy for building up EWR
when they began the buildup; the thinking then was "why EWR
?" Clearly, it was a brilliant move (along with other initiatives CO
achieved under Bethune). They really turned themselves around and now UA
is benefitting from it.
And why in the world would AA
ever let their Terminal 8 go to DL
? That is one beautiful terminal! The only way I could see that happening would be if AA
merged with JetBlue and got terminals 5/6.
From the world's largest airline-to the world's largest airline. Delta2ual