|Quoting Iloveboeing (Reply 3):|
So are the MD-88s just going to be used as shuttles in the Northeast, or will they use them in other markets as well?
Delta will continue using them in other markets. They will convert about 10 MD
-88s into an all-coach (134 seat) Shuttle configuration with the standard 36" Shuttle pitch. The rest of the MD
-88s (about 110) will remain in standard Delta service, flying from mostly CVG
to mid-size mainline markets in the Eastern and Central time zones. The MD
-90s will most likely remain based out of SLC
, as they are best situated to the hot and high conditions found out west.
I would honestly expect during the next 3-4 years for the current Shuttle 737-800s to be placed back into a standard 16F/134Y configuration when they are converted with the PTVs, etc as part of the "expanded Song" service (I know the 757s are first, but I would expect the 737-800s to get them as well, as it would allow a smaller aircraft to operate some longer, thinner routes). I do not expect the MD
-88s to get the IFE though - the 757s (and then most likely the 737s and 767s) will be in front of them, due to the fact that they operate longer stage lengths and that they will more than likely be in the fleet longer. Plus, the MD
-88s stage length is often no longer than 2.5 hours flying time (there are only a few long MD
-88 routes like ATL
), so for the majority of the routes, IFE isn't a big deal (for a 2 hour flight, I'm sure passengers can read the newspaper or a book...the PTVs aren't necessary on short-stage lengths that the MD
-88 dominates - it only adds unnecessary weight, which means more fuel, which means more cost).