|Quoting rsrik (Reply 10):|
How soon would DL know in case they plan to downgrade? As soon as they decide would the new equipment reflect when I log into DL.com?
Would it be a matter of hours before the flight?
As of now, the schedule indicates that it will be an A333.
There's no time limit, an aircraft change can occur any time from when the flight is first loaded into the schedule 330 days in advance up until the time the door is closed for departure. As a gate agent I have litterally had at least one flight where I had to take people off a plane I was boarding because operations decided to take my flight's plane as a replacement for another. It's very rare for swaps to occur that late but in hubs it does happen.
As to how soon it reflects on Delta.com, that depends. Even after a plane is swapped the flight must be reaccomodated to match the new equipment. This depends mostly on the agents doing the swap and working the outbound flight. However, I doubt that the BOM
will swap for anything other than another A330-300. A swap to an A330-200 is the only likely candidate but given that the flights are full as you say I doubt it. The AMS
is pretty safe too, as MX
can deal with any technical issues and Europe is far easier to deal with crew issues. If a swap to another type hasn't already been loaded anything else would probably also incurr a hefty delay while it was re-crewed and would mean that waiting for an A330-300 would have meant an extreme delay.
A week away from you flight nothing is going to be changed on a routing like BOM
. Redeemed SkyMiles tickets cannot simply be bummped because of someone using cash to purchase a ticket. The only concievable way to get downgraded would mean that there were no non-Medallion tickets purchased less than 3.5 months before the flight. If you bought the last seat on the plane maybe, but purchasing that far out I think you're safe.