Let's face it, NKs new VP's first add was most likely CLT, and its clear he wants nothing to do with DTW in his growth plans. When you get a new VP for Network and Capacity planning, they have plans, and his plans look like they're aimed at WN.
If you take the broader view, NK serves the entire nation and has demonstrated remarkable growth that has in many cases un-noticed at the same time as cleaning-up their brand image.
Many of these more recent adds may be viewed as more strategic to get into more competitive markets where they see an opportunity. A slower-growth market like DTW, they don't have to worry about any competition and they can add many of these at a later time if they desire. No other ULCC is going to fly any of the markets out of DTW, so NK has that sandbox all to themselves.
Here's what F9 should add:
DTW-ORD (daily 321)
DTW-ONT (3x weekly 320NEO)
DTW-SLC (3x - 4x weekly 320; daily 321 during ski season)
DTW-BOI (3x weekly 319)
DTW-ANC (2x weekly 321) *seasonal*
Uh, no, we’re talking about F9.
Only realistic if:
DTW-BOI departs at 11pm on Tue, Thu, Sun, with a red-eye return that leave BOI at 1am. They fly it for all of 3 weeks then cancel it
DTW-ORD would be a daily A321 that departs DTW at 4:45am and does and turn back departing ORD at 5:30am, they fly it for a month, then change the flight times completely and go less than daily. fly it another month, then change the flight times again
DTW-ANC would be 2x weekly but obviously it wouldn't be Saturday, it would like Tuesday and Wednesday, again with odd-ball departure times like 10:30pm Tuesday and 11:45pm Wednesday
DTW-ONT they would switch frequency and days of the week every month from 1-3 per week
Then its all realistic and it would all be gone in 6 months, and it would be chalked up as another F9 dartboard focus city experiment.
DL use to be really good about upgauging flights to DTW to play “catch up” after an IRROPS situation at ATL. I was on numerous 753, 767, 330 and 777 that subbed for M88, M90, 320 and 757. One time we scored a 744, but I think that had as much to do with re-positioning as it did anything else.
No more, unfortunately. In December, they gave me a routing through CMH to get to DTW...
Yep the options that showed-up where DAY, LEX, CMH, BNA, and CHA. I figured DAY got be closest to DTW and I could always just drive from there if the connection didn't work out.
Thank goodness that can be done on the app and website.
ATL CSAs are the worst, but that being said, they seem to be stressed and frazzled to the extreme. When you have one agent working a flight that they are pressured to turn and get out quickly, with late connecting passengers/over-sales, and the scrum-mess that is boarding these days its no wonder they are surely, curt, and rude. People used to lay that reputation on DTW, but lately ATL agents by far are the worst.