sevenfeet wrote:Fargo wrote:A DL AMS or CDG flight would likely arrive around mid afternoon and leave around 5 pm (using surrounding markets such as CVG, IND, RDU as a benchmark), so it shouldn't have a problem being accommodated, but that would have to be it until the new IAB opens. Everything else you said is spot on. BNA is out of space, and it is about 3-4 years behind in capital improvement projects.
I think that works in theory. Right now, the BA flight arrives at 5 PM CT into A concourse for deplaning and then gets towed over to B for boarding for a 8:30 PM departure. As you pointed out, all DL flights to CDG from CVG, IND and RDU land earlier in the day. Let's assume that you have to do the same "Arrival at A. Board at B" routine since customs is at A. DL already is based in B which works for them, especially for the Sly Club, but I'd be concerned of timing it so that you don't have two different 300 seat boardings in the same spot at the end of B. And even if that worked in theory, I could see a flight delay throw all of that into a major logistical mess.
Delta is also flying 767-300s in those markets which are readily available but aren't the "new sexy" like the 787 flying on the LHR route. But I doubt DL has many of the new A350s to put on a route like this (probably spoken for elsewhere).
It would have to be around those times as any later would conflict with BA. But also remember that barring a delay, they’d never be at B at the same time as DL would leave just as BA is arriving at A. BNA just can’t process multiple widebodies right now until the IAB is done.
Also, DL would use a 767 on the route as anything else would be too big capacity wise. Unfortunately, the 767’s have the old J seats so it may not be as competitive as BA (which is retrofitting their wide body J hard product within the next few years) until DL replaces their 767’s.