Syncmaster brings up an interesting proposition...Maybe they will add some CR9's to take place of the 732, what kind of extra training do the flight crews need for CR9's as compared to the CRJ/CR7?
While I think this to be an improbable outcome for mainline DL
, considering among other things that the net reduction in fleet types would be zero, it does however mesh well with Tech Ops desire to insource more RJ
mtc(we currently do engines and system components). Their ability to do so would be greatly enhanced if DL
provided the comprehensive mtc capabilities that flying the type mainline would require. It goes without saying that there is a huge number of RJs out there and somebody needs to fix them. DL
Tech Ops is very competitive in their outsourcing mainly due to the efficiencies realized from a non-union, or "flexible" mtc workforce, as DL
management likes to call it.
As for my guess about the types to be eliminated....
732 - somewhat old and doesn't fit into DL
's long haul and superior customer service commitments. If not replaced by CR9s as Syncmaster suggested.
733 and 73G - same as 732 and too many variances within types.
DC-9 - OOPS wrong airline.. Sorry NW
and DC-9 fans out there. I couldn't help myself.
-11 - That is if DL
is counting them as one of the four. I really liked working on them though they did have their problems.
If not the MD
-11 then I would hope the the MD
-90. The engines really do suck to work on. The shuttle would however make sense as a home for the 90. The same mtc crews would work them every night and should become proficient enough to negate the mtc handicap the 90 suffers. This along with reasons posted by others above make the shuttle option sound pretty attractive.
If not the MD
-90 then probably the 762. This must make all the sense in the world to the bean counters but there is something more. Ship 102, The Spirit of Delta, is a 762. For the few of you that don't know the significance of that, it is the 767 that in 1982 DL
employees each paid about $1500 to buy for the company during what at the time was the worst financial downturn the company had faced. Yes, many of those employees are no longer with DL
but most of us who weren't with the company at the time have inherited the pride in that bird that those selfless benefactors of DL
felt from their gesture. Employee morale at DL
would take a huge hit, hindering our ability to achieve that which our company asks of us in these difficult times. So if you must retire the 762 please either keep 102 as the lone example or do whatever it takes to ensure that it ends up in the Delta Heritage Museum alongside the Huff Dalland Duster, TravelAir, and ship 41 where it belongs.
I doubt you will see the 121 752s go away as many are new and there aren't currently many mtc issues associated with the age of the older aircraft.
The 764 is too new, has too much in common with the 763, has too few interested buyers, and Dl is too happy with them.
-88 stays. Dl wouldn't refurbish the cabins on them first if they were going to sell them. For those who think they are spiffing them up to sell them.
It's a lot like home remodeling. You don't get your money back out of it at resale.
738 stays. Yes the MD
-90 was supposed to replace the 727 but it didn't... the 738 did.
772 stays unless MD
762 hopefully stays
777 likely stays
-11 likely out
-90 likely stays