Yesterday was absolutely miserable weather in the Northeast USA. It was dreadful, rain and high wind all day. Not a good day for flying in this region. All airlines were affected and it was a giant mess. We all know that the NYC airports struggle on good weather days, so it figures that yesterday must have been a jam.
For jumbojet to point out that DL "didn't cancel a single flight" during what amounts to a decently-sized nor'easter also fails to point out that there were significant delays and literally SCORES (hundreds?) of cancellations across the board by DL's regionals. Here are some sample Delta flights from yesterday:
- DL LGABOS 7 flights, 3 cancelled (those that operated took 2-3 hour delays)
- DL JFKMSY 3 flights, 1 cancelled (1 regional flown, 1 main line flown, 1 regional cancelled)
- DL JFKRDU 4 flights, 2 cancelled (all regional)
- DL JFKATL 7 flights, all operated (all main line)
- DL JFKBUF 4 flights, 2 cancelled (all regional)
- DL JFKJAX 3 flights, 1 cancelled (all regional)
- DL JFKMCO 4 flights, all operated (all main line)
- DL LGABTV 3 flights, 1 cancelled (all regional, one diverted to ALB, significant delays on both operated flights)
- DL LGACMH 3 flights, 1 cancelled (all regional)
- DL EWRCVG 2 flights, 1 cancelled (both regional)
- DL CLTJFK 3 flights, 2 cancelled (all regional)
This sample does not prove anything other than to illustrate how some of the regional flights were sacrificed in order to operate the main line flights. To point out that <i>no DL flights</i> were cancelled is hiding behind the vail of their regional connection carriers. Talk about duck and cover...no wonder the FAA wants to include regional flights into airline delay/cx statistics. My opinion about this little survey is that, frankly, I am surprised so few Delta flights of any type were cancelled yesterday, but I didn't look at all flights.
Going back to the original post, to infer that B6 is incurring significant delays because of bad toilets (and then blaming ATC) is laughable. What a bunch of crap. I'm no expert, but even I can see that the A321s in this configuration are a relatively small part of their fleet, so they are not going to impact hundreds of other flights. Even I know that B6 has two major hubs/focus cities in congested Northeast airspace, which is only made worse by runway repaving/reconstruction projects and bad weather. Is that B6's choice? Sure, because they reap the benefits of being a big player in JFK and BOS when things are going well. But when things don't go well, the statistics are proportionally going to be worse than other carriers who have major hubs elsewhere around the country to offset some of the damage, and as described above, a regional carrier network to be the fall guy. Why is this so hard to accept? To think that there must be some sort of conspiracy here isn't just dumb, it's unfounded and completely subjective.
As somebody who flies a lot, far too often in coach, trust me when I say that DL is nothing special. You heard it here first, jumbojet. DO I hate them or loathe them? No. I have had some good flights and some not so good flights on Delta. Are they better or worse than AA or UA? Hard to say, all three airlines have a global presence and offer a similar economy product. If anything, it comes down to plane choice a lot of the time for me. Mainline is better than regional every time. DL tends to have the oldest mainline fleet, which doesn't bother me, but spending anything more than an hour in an old B757 or Mad Dog isn't that appealing to me, especially because the seat pitch isn't too great. Given a choice, I prefer WN or B6, the latter at least offering free WiFi and tv, although I do worry about B6's reconfiguration and how that will impact the pitch. But I will say, that from New York anyway, no airline is immune to delays and cancellations. It is a fact of life when flying out of EWR/LGA/JFK, as I tend to do a lot.
No airline is perfect. Not B6, not WN, and certainly not DL. So, to the OP, please stop with your nonsense threads and one-sided posts that are, at best, unhelpful and, at worst, downright insulting for the rest of us.
None shall pass!!!!