Latest 717 rumor: DL deal in place

Old Mar 19, 12, 4:35 pm
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Latest 717 rumor: DL deal in place

Hi all,

I just came across this thread in a.net (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo....main/5417097/) regarding Delta having a deal in place to take WN (ex-AirTran) 717s. Given the fact that DL initially decided to retire the entire DC-9-50 fleet but ended up retiring a handful of them, will the 717 fill in the gap for those that left the fleet? I'm also speculating if the 717s were to enter DL's fleet, the rest of the DC-9-50s will also be retired. Any thoughts?
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Old Mar 19, 12, 4:55 pm
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I think DL will have a great deal. DL will able acquiring the 717 aircraft from WN/FL. They will bring in the entire fleet. I'm sure DL will have it. I think 717 is a right choice to replaced the existed of DC-9-50 aircraft.
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Old Mar 19, 12, 5:33 pm
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The 9-50s have 16 (not 14 as I said earlier) seats in F but what do you want to bet that DL keeps the 717 with AirTran's 12 seats in F config. With the A320s going to 12 F seats, those UGs are going to be harder and harder.

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I thought the DC9-50's had 16 in F? At least that's what I remember from NWA
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Old Mar 19, 12, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by TechMarauder View Post
I thought the DC9-50's had 16 in F? At least that's what I remember from NWA
They still do
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Old Mar 19, 12, 6:27 pm
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I don't think the big news is prospective change in F seat count per aircraft when there are just ~27 DC-9s left in the fleet and 80+ AirTran 717s.
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You know, this could make some sense. Delta has been known to buy used aircraft (look at all of those 757s and MD-90s) and integrate them into their fleet.

The 717s are a good little aircraft. They would be great for those quick up-and-down the coast flights on light routes.
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Old Mar 19, 12, 6:54 pm
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717 would also be useful to replace early build A320 series by allowing the A319 to replace A320 on lighter routes and 717 filling in for A319
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717 would also be useful to replace early build A320 series by allowing the A319 to replace A320 on lighter routes and 717 filling in for A319


I think the 717 and 319 are the same size.
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Originally Posted by subcuckpig View Post
I think the 717 and 319 are the same size.
Pretty close. I think the 717 is actually smaller than the 319 by a handful of seats.
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Count me in as one who likes the 717s. I would love more of these, and less of the CRJs. I know they are not apples to apples, but I still would! Here is the seating:
http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Air...ng_717-200.php
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717 would also be useful to replace early build A320 series by allowing the A319 to replace A320 on lighter routes and 717 filling in for A319


I think the 717 and 319 are the same size.
Size perhaps, range not so much
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Old Mar 19, 12, 7:40 pm
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The 717s are perhaps my favourite plane to fly in. If they fly them MKE-DTW and DTW-BGR it would literally be enough to move me from flying on United.
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I have not flown a 717 since TWA rolled out new ones years ago! I remember them to be pretty nice on the STL - TUL type runs.
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Old Mar 19, 12, 10:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Crazyhotelguy View Post
I have not flown a 717 since TWA rolled out new ones years ago! I remember them to be pretty nice on the STL - TUL type runs.
Yes, TW does flying on 717 before and they merger AA. AA has decide to get rid the 717 aircraft. When AirTran won the rights to acquiring the 717 from TWA/AA. They were in negotiating to acquisitions 717 from TWA/AA. They will take all 717 from the deserts.
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