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AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:46 pm

ATL has always had one or two AA 737-800s arrive each day. However, I noticed yesterday that now flights from DFW are almost exclusively 737s.
In the past they have been A319s and MD-88s. When did the change occur, and why?
 
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:20 pm

Part of the reason is the phase out of the MD-80s. For over 20 years, DFW-ATL saw MD-80s maybe one occasional 757 from time to time...but mostly MD-80s. Now that the MD-80s are disappearing the fleet being now one quarter of what it was ten years ago or so, and the 738 fleet has tremendously grown, it is no surprise that DFW-ATL sees 738s as other routes such as DFW-EWR, DFW-LGA, DFW-DCA and DFW-SJC do, just to name a few. The ones I mention used to see mostly MD-80s for over two decades.

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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:15 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 1):

Yep, MD80s are going bye-bye. I think the only AA MD80 movement we've had at MIA in 10+ years was the donation to the George T Baker aviation school.

At least I got to fly MD80s DFW-SLC / SLC-DFW earlier this year.

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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:29 pm

Remember that 738s are replacing the higher end capacity of the MD80 routes. DFW-ATL almost certainly fits that, with the A319 not necessarily being large enough to handle the capacity needed.
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:39 pm

The retirements of the MD80 are the most likely reason. That being said, how many MD080s have been retired recently? Not sure what the retirement schedule looks like.
 
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:55 pm

Quoting rta (Reply 4):
hat being said, how many MD080s have been retired recently?

I think AA is now under 100 active.
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:59 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 3):
A319 not necessarily being large enough to handle the capacity needed

I'm curious then, why was the A319 so present in ATL for many months if not a year? As soon as AA began getting A319s they showed up in ATL and began replacing the MD flights. Why even go to the A319 if it doesn't work on the route?
 
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:13 pm

Quoting 777X (Reply 6):
'm curious then, why was the A319 so present in ATL for many months if not a year? As soon as AA began getting A319s they showed up in ATL and began replacing the MD flights. Why even go to the A319 if it doesn't work on the route?

Airlines don't change planes on routes? On timings? Open new routes? Move things around?
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:33 am

Quoting 777X (Reply 6):
I'm curious then, why was the A319 so present in ATL for many months if not a year? As soon as AA began getting A319s they showed up in ATL and began replacing the MD flights. Why even go to the A319 if it doesn't work on the route?

Perhaps AA was slow to realize their uncomfortable A319 seats don't work well in a market that has competition.
 
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:53 am

Quoting afcjets (Reply 8):
Perhaps AA was slow to realize their uncomfortable A319 seats don't work well in a market that has competition.

Still more comfortable than their 787s.
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:23 am

ATL still sees a daily MD-80 rotation from ORD.
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RE: AA 737-800's At ATL

Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:25 am

The 738 ramp-up on DFW-ATL must be recent, since I flew that route on an A319 just three months ago and back on an A321 subbing for another 319.

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