STT757 wrote:FSDan wrote:STT757 wrote:
UA still handles more passengers, thanks to their mainline flying and especially their wide body flights. UA has 41 daily wide body flights, the biggest being the 77W, DL has 32 daily wide body flights the largest being the A330. The majority of UA's wide body flights are 777s, the majority of DL's are the smaller 763.
I just ran some numbers, and if you include ops from all three major NYC airports (EWR, LGA, JFK) DL actually offers more total seats than UA. On 7/23, DL is offering around 61500 seats and UA is offering around 59100.
If UA has better loads than DL, they might still carry more passengers overall. Also, it may be that UA's network ex EWR is less seasonal than DL's from JFK, so UA might offer more seats on a year round basis than DL does. I expect UA is definitely ahead of DL when looking at ASMs given that they have a fair number of flights to India and East Asia, which DL doesn't have. However, it is a bit unfair to say that the majority of DL's widebody flights are on the 763. Only 10 out of 32 are on the 763, with everything else being on the larger 764, 332, and 333. UA does still operate larger widebody aircraft from NYC than DL does on average.
It's not just passengers, UA handles more cargo.
UA has been up gauging EWR, all of their 764s are flying from EWR exclusively, and they've switched FRA, NRT and one of the two daily TLV flights to 77Ws.
EWR-FRA is back to the 772. EWR-BOM goes 77W in November.