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Delta Secures Aircraft For ATL-EZE

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:25 am

Not sure which type, but now we know for sure that they'll have planes to fly the route. I'm almost 100% sure it's a 767-300, however, but are there any Delta insiders out there who know for sure?
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RE: Delta Secures Aircraft For ATL-EZE

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:46 am

I looked at and the plane scheduled for that route is the MD11. Did Delta buy two more MD11's??? OR Did they buy two 767-300s and put them on some other routes that currently have MD11's in order to shift the MD11's to the ATL-EZE route???
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Sorry Folks, No More MD-11

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:50 pm

There are no more MD-11s to be had, hate to break it to ya.

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RE: Sorry Folks, No More MD-11

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:47 pm

The ATL-GRU-GIG route (DL104/105) will not be served by MD11 anymore as the ATL-EZE route will start.

Note that also the new services JFK-TLV and JFK-CAI-DXB are set to operate in MD11, so more current MD11-operated routes will become B763. I guess ATL-AMS will be one of them.

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RE: Delta Secures Aircraft For ATL-EZE

Sat Feb 24, 2001 2:36 am

HB-IWC. You're right. AMS-ATL will be a B767 as of June.

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RE: Delta Secures Aircraft For ATL-EZE

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:19 am

I'm a "Deltoid" here in FAI and according to our computers the ATL-EZE route will be operated by an MD-11. All Brazil flights (daily ATL-GRU and thrice weekly ATL-GIG) will go back to 767-300s, though it seems to me the traffic on these flights warrant something bigger. It wouldn't suprise me to see 777s flying down there sometime soon. DL hauls a hell of a lot of cargo between ATL and Brazil (and most of the rest of S. America too; nonrevs have routinely been bumped out of SCL because they're stuffing those birds so full of cargo they can't afford the extra weight!)
Another route that is losing MD-11 service this summer is ATL-SNN-DUB, which will be upgraded to 777 (I believe the first 777 service to Ireland by any carrier). Last I checked ATL-AMS was still to be served by MD-11 but ATL-BRU will go back to 767-300. Also with the new LAX-NGO and JFK-NRT service in April there will no longer be MD-11s flying CVG-PDX-NGO and ATL-PDX-NRT. Losing the domestic legs, this would seem to free up some MD-11 time for the new international flights.

As for DL's upcoming foray into the Middle East, given the tenuous state of affairs in Israel (and thus the region as a whole), it seems like DL picked a really lousy time to start brand new services to TLV, CAI, and DXB.
One service which had been announced but is still not in the schedule is ATL-FRA-DEL (using 767-300). Dunno what is holding that one up.

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RE: Delta Secures Aircraft For ATL-EZE

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:40 am

Oh, and I have no idea what aircraft DL acquired for the ATL-EZE route. It seems a bit suspect to me that they went out and acquired aircraft just for this route. I suspect its just hype as DL has coveted the ATL-EZE route for so long. No press releases out of DL on the subject. I suspect the new a/c are 767-300s. I'm curious as to why all of DLs services deep into S. America (SCL, GIG, GRU, EZE) are scheduled such that the aircraft all layover for 12 hours before returning north at night. I can't believe that daytime flights are so unattractive to passengers that it pays to let these aircraft just sit for all that time. LAPA does the same on its ATL-EZE service (sitting in ATL for well over 12 hours). Incidentally DL is changing the schedule on ATL-LIM service this summer, leaving ATL 4pm-ish, then turning around in LIM around midnight for arrival back in ATL early in the morning.

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