Originally Posted by BigGuns
Well that's what happens... ORD-LGA is a total suite and tie market. UAL flies 757s or 319/320 with TVs and room vs DAL on a E-170 where you get stuck checking your carry-on because the pilots and FAs have stuffed 4-5 of the overhead bins with their overnight bags and bags filled with 5 days of Romen Noodles.
Or you can buy a 1st class ticket on AA flying a 738 or MD80 where you get a hot 2 course hot steak dinner with a hot cookie for dessert, or Delta (DCI Shuttle America) where you get a FA that does not do a beverage service on the ground, then a hour into the flight finally drops off your meal the disappears to go play "Angry Birds" in the last row of the A/C (which btw they ask customers to move out of...).
Just like RJ's helped us to build the LGA-ORD market, which btw is the highest traveled passenger market in the USA (3,000,000+ pax 2010), the RJs will help us build Delta's NYC market.
When you build a market, why not put your best product on the market not your cheapest?
I think we just gave Jet Blue a big win for their newly acquired slots!!!
I just kills me that Management says the RJ is NOW going to help "Develop new markets..." Some of the same markets that 20 years ago, Delta was flying with FULL L10-11's (LGA-FLL, MIA, PBI) and almost hourly 727's (LGA-ORD, DFW).
At one time, the DFW Pilot base was nearly as big as ATL, about 2,500 pilots, had 737's, MD88's, 757, 767, DC 8 and L10-11 pilots based there, and had International service to LGW and FRA.
Oh, and we also had a pilot base at ORD, 727's and DC 9's (they did all of the flying that those RJ's are doing today).
But now, the RJ is going to help develop those same markets...
Brilliant! Where's my Bonus?