DL to Focus More on Core Hubs in 2020

Old Jan 7, 20, 11:12 am
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DL to Focus More on Core Hubs in 2020

https://www.routesonline.com/news/29...-hubs-in-2020/

Article conclusions... (Hauenstein is DL's President)

"Having determined it has achieved a strong position the US West and East coasts and in its focus cities, Delta plans to turn its attention in 2020 to its core hubs, including Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
Hauenstein explained that it is “a little bit easier for us to grow” in these hubs, conceding that the airline’s core hubs had been ignored while Delta was focused on other regions. The airline can now go back and “fill the patterns” in markets such as Detroit and Minneapolis, which are important to the airline, he said."


Of course, this does not mean that the Sky Club or Sky Priority check-in in ATL will get any better. Probably just means they are going to try to squeeze the meager competition at these hubs a little harder.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 11:34 am
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Hopefully this focus on "domestic core hubs" includes better scheduling of flight banks so that I do not have to choose between a risky 30-40 minute layover (which, even if everything is on time, leaves virtually no time for an airport meal or a Sky Club visit once you account for deplaning, walking [or sprinting] between gates, and boarding time) or a too-long 3 or 4 hour layover. In my mind, the ideal layover time for a domestic itinerary is about 90 minutes but recently it seems such itineraries are harder to find.

I'd also like to see hub airports strive for a 1:1 ratio between gate seats and power outlets.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 12:49 pm
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Old Jan 7, 20, 12:50 pm
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Anyone notice that they're IDing Nashville as a Focus City now too?
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Old Jan 7, 20, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Pianoman109876 View Post
Anyone notice that they're IDing Nashville as a Focus City now too?
Nashville-based FF's got the SM socks in the mail... and an another Sky Club expansion announced... last year.
That's pretty "focus-ish".
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Old Jan 7, 20, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by andrewk829 View Post
Hopefully this focus on "domestic core hubs" includes better scheduling of flight banks so that I do not have to choose between a risky 30-40 minute layover (which, even if everything is on time, leaves virtually no time for an airport meal or a Sky Club visit once you account for deplaning, walking [or sprinting] between gates, and boarding time) or a too-long 3 or 4 hour layover. In my mind, the ideal layover time for a domestic itinerary is about 90 minutes but recently it seems such itineraries are harder to find.

I'd also like to see hub airports strive for a 1:1 ratio between gate seats and power outlets.
I do not see any value in going out of my way to visit the skyclub. The only reason I would go is if I had a long layover.

Guess I don’t love cheese and crackers enough?
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Old Jan 7, 20, 2:01 pm
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I'd like to see DL rethink the balance between aircraft size and frequency to core hubs.

For example, I fly to MDT every month. Before DL upgauged to 717s on the route there were 5 MDT-ATL non-stops per day spread pretty evenly throughout the day...which was convenient. Now, there are 3 non-stops on the 717 and the timing is not optimal. Makes getting in and out of MDT a bit of a challenge on DL. I'd also like to see more frequencies between DTW/MSP and Florida as opposed to pushing everything through ATL.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by mctaste View Post
I do not see any value in going out of my way to visit the skyclub. The only reason I would go is if I had a long layover.

Guess I don’t love cheese and crackers enough?
I'm always baffled by these posts, which are not infrequent. I'm actually with you—will only go if I have a long layover and have to.

But I quite intuitively understand why someone would want an hour in between flights to have a glass of wine, a substantial snack (much better than cheese and crackers—one of the easiest ways to get a plate of just vegetables in an airport), and check emails or read a chapter of a novel.

And see no upside to being snotty at people who enjoy different things than I do.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 4:34 pm
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Originally Posted by SOBE ER DOC View Post
I'd like to see DL rethink the balance between aircraft size and frequency to core hubs.

For example, I fly to MDT every month. Before DL upgauged to 717s on the route there were 5 MDT-ATL non-stops per day spread pretty evenly throughout the day...which was convenient. Now, there are 3 non-stops on the 717 and the timing is not optimal. Makes getting in and out of MDT a bit of a challenge on DL. I'd also like to see more frequencies between DTW/MSP and Florida as opposed to pushing everything through ATL.
Delta HAS thought this over very much. They have made a point of it for several years in their inverster presentations.

What you see is the result.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by andrewk829 View Post
Hopefully this focus on "domestic core hubs" includes better scheduling of flight banks so that I do not have to choose between a risky 30-40 minute layover (which, even if everything is on time, leaves virtually no time for an airport meal or a Sky Club visit once you account for deplaning, walking [or sprinting] between gates, and boarding time) or a too-long 3 or 4 hour layover. In my mind, the ideal layover time for a domestic itinerary is about 90 minutes but recently it seems such itineraries are harder to find.

I'd also like to see hub airports strive for a 1:1 ratio between gate seats and power outlets.
Personally I want more 30 minute connections, not fewer. The club mac and cheese is OK I guess, but I'd rather have an extra hour at home or at my destination.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 6:15 pm
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Originally Posted by andrewk829 View Post
Hopefully this focus on "domestic core hubs" includes better scheduling of flight banks so that I do not have to choose between a risky 30-40 minute layover (which, even if everything is on time, leaves virtually no time for an airport meal or a Sky Club visit once you account for deplaning, walking [or sprinting] between gates, and boarding time) or a too-long 3 or 4 hour layover. In my mind, the ideal layover time for a domestic itinerary is about 90 minutes but recently it seems such itineraries are harder to find.
I doubt it. The 30-40 minute thing isn't an accident. It's very much intentional. 90-minute connections means A-to-B travel times that are not competitive with other airlines, especially for high-value business customers. DL is a for-profit business.

I see your point. Sometimes I like the relaxed connection too. But if anything, DL is likely to move towards 40 minute banks, not away from it
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Old Jan 7, 20, 9:10 pm
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Nashville-based FF's got the SM socks in the mail... and an another Sky Club expansion announced... last year.
That's pretty "focus-ish".
I'm based out of RDU, and got the socks in 2017 (I think... or was it 2018), when did we get the focus city designation?
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Old Jan 7, 20, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by andrewk829 View Post
Hopefully this focus on "domestic core hubs" includes better scheduling of flight banks so that I do not have to choose between a risky 30-40 minute layover (which, even if everything is on time, leaves virtually no time for an airport meal or a Sky Club visit once you account for deplaning, walking [or sprinting] between gates, and boarding time) or a too-long 3 or 4 hour layover. In my mind, the ideal layover time for a domestic itinerary is about 90 minutes but recently it seems such itineraries are harder to find.
I prefer 45-ish minute layovers instead of 90+ and Skyclub visits. They're not peaceful havens these days, plus I'd rather get to my destination that much sooner.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 9:47 pm
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45-60 minutes is great in the morning. I like looking for 60-75 as the day goes on to account for increasing likeliness of delays.

Airport is also a big factor. While 35 minutes is doable at both ATL and DTW, say, it's far easier at DTW.
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Old Jan 8, 20, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by exwannabe View Post
Delta HAS thought this over very much. They have made a point of it for several years in their inverster presentations.

What you see is the result.
You'll notice I said RETHINK. Twice this week I have booked away from DL due to the frequency issue (and one was a flight out of MDT).
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