This user had this to say on the Nashville Aviation regarding DL.
CLJFlyer wrote:I just left my company's travel trade show and Delta was present. As I was speaking to the Delta reps their jaws dropped....I told them that I heard that the Delta lounge at BNA is being increased by 10,000 sq ft and that it was bigger than Indy's and Raleigh's which is a focus city (they were very surprised I knew that Raleigh was a focus city, but I thought it was public info.) Then I proceeded to tell them that I heard that BNA is getting TATL service...they automatically asked me who I knew inside of Delta. I let them think that I had a contact inside of Delta, but actually all of the information I dropped on them was off of this website, haha.
The reps confirmed with me, the lounge is getting increased by 10,000 sq ft, outward and upward. They also confirmed that Raleigh, Austin, and now Nashville officially are considered DL focus cities. The growth for DL at BNA has been 18% YOY. BNA is getting TATL service, either to CDG or AMS in the near future. They gave me a route map that states that DL flies to more cities than any other (legacy) airline from BNA, and has seasonal service to MCO.
I asked them about matching my AS status, and the rep gave me her business card and asked me to e-mail her and she will grant me complimentary Gold status. I've never had status with Delta so this will definitely get me to move my flying and $$ to Delta from now on.
Of course, since we don't have anything concrete at this point, we shouldn't read too much into it, but this is interesting if true. I know winginit insisted to me a while back that Nashville was indeed going to be a focus city along with RDU, BOS and AUS, but I didn't believe him. Maybe I was wrong.
Has anyone heard any details regarding this?
I can understand why DL would want RDU and AUS as focus cities, but BNA? I get Nashville is a rapidly growing market and DL is already the largest legacy there, but WN has a big station that could one day be their largest. Why would DL want a full focus city at BNA with that and with their ATL hub a 50 minute plane ride away?
Again, please keep this civil. I am interested to know people's thoughts on this.