* The biggest news is the end of DC-9 service; all remaining DC-9-50 flights will be replaced by summer, primarily with A319 equipment. Hopefully we'll get some encore service later in the year.
* Peak day departures are scheduled nearly the same as they were in 2012, with a slight rise in mainline equipment. Interestingly, the number of flights operated with 50-seat equipment will significantly increase.
* Service to Quebec City (YQB), previously removed from the system, has been restored and will resume once-daily. Delta similarly moved YHZ service to NYC (shortly after the merger) only to later restore it.
* A second daily flight to Mexico City will be added; both flights will be operated with the A319. MEX will also upgauged to the 320 during the spring months.
* The Delta-operated flight to Paris will be upgauged to the 333, and the fourth frequency to AMS will continue as a 777. The second flight to LHR, which operated only thrice weekly, will not return.
* There's an increase in long-haul 753 flying, to places such as LAS, LAX, SFO, SEA and most notably, SAN. Previously the 753 were confined to mostly leisure-orientated destinations.
* Domestic-configured 763 will serve LAX (3x daily), SEA (2x daily) and SFO. The service to SEA replaces previous plans to LAS and a second frequency to SFO.
* Florida will endure heavy reductions in service. Notably Orlando will see 6 daily flights operated with 738, 4x757, 757 -- the least capacity since at least the early 1990s. This probably bonds well for Southwest's service, which will continue twice-daily with AirTran 717 at one time thought to be ending.
And well I intend to discuss other airlines in a later post, I will end with an issue close to home with me: United Airlines will be ending mainline service to Chicago. DTW-ORD regularly saw DC-10 service until the type was retired (it was one of the last routes with scheduled DC-10 service), then later domestic-configured 763 until shortly before 9/11. Mainline service was reduced to a single flight in late 2008 (when the 737 were retired), but typically operated with the 757 (and later 739). Last year the route saw twice-daily mainline service, but alas, all good things seem to come to and end. United's sole mainline service will be a single 735 into Houston.
|Vintage NW 744, Departing DTW-KIX|
|Vintage United 737 Service DTW-ORD|
[Edited 2013-02-22 07:53:21]