Re: AA & the Airbus A340

From: (Peter Hollingsworth)
Organization: The Grandscale Earthly Destructor
Date:         09 Apr 96 14:22:48 
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In article <airliners.1996.438@ohare.Chicago.COM>, kls@ohare.Chicago.COM
(Karl Swartz) wrote:

> DL is similarly in a cost-trimming mode, though they've also said they
> are looking seriously at replacing the L-1011.  That could mean a 777
> order, but unlike AA and UA, DL seems to like the 767 as a domestic
> aircraft and now operates a substantial fleet of 767-300s which are in
> a 2-class, domestic only configuration.  The 767 is certainly cheaper
> and DL might choose to replace the L-1011 with smaller aircraft and
> more frequent flights.  AA and UA have replaced a lot of DC-10 flights
> with 757s on more frequent schedules.
> For trans-Atlantic flights, DL just announced a 767 order to replace
> L-1011s, so their intent there is pretty clear.

The L1011-'s that Delta is using B767-300ER's to replace are the L1011-500
series. In DL's three class config, these two A/C seat 218 and 225, so DL
isn't really going to a smaller A/C on there Transatlantic routes. DL is
using new and reasigned MD-11's to replace the L1011-250's on the
trans-atlantic routes. In this case DL is actually using a larger A/C.
Domestically DL still says they need to find an A/C to replace the
L1011-250's which are going to show up in a two class config on domestic
routes in place of the L1011-1's, these seat close to 300, and are almost
always packed. In some cases the routes cannot handel higher frequencies.

Peter Hollingsworth
The Grand Scale Earthly Destructor