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Delta’s first 717 flight(s): Atlanta – Newark on September 19th

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Delta’s first 717 flight(s): Atlanta – Newark on September 19th

Delta’s first 717 flight(s): Atlanta – Newark on September 19th
July 18
18:04 2013

MIAMI — The Delta 717 flights to EWR have now been uploaded into the Amadeus GDS and will be gradually loaded onto Delta.com over the course of this weekend. As per the Airline Route blog, here are the schedules for the week of October 20th – the first full week when the 717 will operate all 11 daily Atlanta-Newark flights:

 

Flight #RouteDepartArriveAircraftDays
2343ATL-EWR0730094071712345
401ATL-EWR084511007171234567
1798ATL-EWR100012117176
1798ATL-EWR1000121371712345
935ATL-EWR11151333717123457
1942ATL-EWR123014457176
1942ATL-EWR12301450717123457
2042ATL-EWR13451606717123457
926ATL-EWR150517237176
926ATL-EWR15051727717123457
2142ATL-EWR163018497176
2142ATL-EWR16301851717123457
2242ATL-EWR174520057176
2242ATL-EWR17452008717123457
504ATL-EWR191521307176
504ATL-EWR19152133717123457
2415ATL-EWR21452356717123457
      
575EWR-ATL06300851717123456
807EWR-ATL074510077176
807EWR-ATL07451009717123457
485EWR-ATL090011297176
485EWR-ATL09001131717123457
2343EWR-ATL10301252717123457
401EWR-ATL11451404717123457
401EWR-ATL114514037176
1798EWR-ATL130015257176
1798EWR-ATL1300152671712345
673EWR-ATL14151636717123457
1942EWR-ATL153017507176
1942EWR-ATL15301751717123457
2042EWR-ATL16451916717123457
926EWR-ATL180020297176
926EWR-ATL18002030717123457
2142EWR-ATL19302159717123457

 

The seat map and technical specifications for Delta's new fleet of 717s. The 717s will feature in-seat power, wi-fi, and the same economy, economy comfort, and first class seats as the 737-900ER. The aircraft will be configured with 110 seats in a 3 class configuration (12F/15Y+/83Y). (Credits: Delta Air Lines)

The seat map and technical specifications for Delta’s new fleet of 717s. The 717s will feature in-seat power, wi-fi, and the same economy, economy comfort, and first class seats as the 737-900ER. The aircraft will be configured with 110 seats in a 3 class configuration (12F/15Y+/83Y). (Credits: Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines has loaded its first schedules featuring the Boeing 717. According to Delta’s Desktop timetable application on the latest release, the first route to feature the 717 aircraft will be Atlanta-Newark, beginning on September 19th, 2013. The first flight scheduled to see 717 service is the 8:55 am departure, which will arrive into Newark at 11:07 am. 3 Atlanta-Newark flights that day are scheduled to be served with the 717, and between 1 and 3 Atlanta-Newark flights are scheduled with the 717 until October 6th, when the figure jumps to 6 or 7 out of 11 till October 19th, when every single Atlanta-Newark flight is scheduled with the 717. For the moment, Atlanta – Newark is the only route that sees service from the 717 till the end of November. As of this moment, the flights are not bookable through Delta.com (which still shows the A319 as operating all flights that show up as 717 in the desktop timetable) or the global distribution system (GDS). We will update the story when this changes.

Delta's fleet of 88 717s used to be operated by AirTran Airways, who is phasing out the type after merging with Southwest Airlines. (Credits: Mama Geek)

Delta’s fleet of 88 717s used to be operated by AirTran Airways, who is phasing out the type after merging with Southwest Airlines. (Credits: Mama Geek)

In July 2012 Delta decided to leased 88 used 717s from rival low cost carrier (LCC) AirTran Airways. The latter decided to phase out the type after merging with Dallas based LCC Southwest Airlines. Delta will be using its new fleet of 717s to replace the venerable Douglas DC 9-50s it inherited after merging with Northwest Airlines in 2008. DC-9-50 retirements dates speculation range from the end of 2013 to sometime in 2014. Delta has yet to officially announce when they will finally go.

Delta is also using the 717s to replaces some of its inefficient 50-seat CRJ-200 fleet. Delta, the world’s largest airline by passengers flown, has been quite the contrarian in its fleet re-equipping strategy by taking on used aircraft such as MD-90s from China and continuing to fly older fuel-guzzling equipment that’s already paid for such as the DC-9-50 years after other airlines have ceased to operate them.

An ex-Northwest Delta Douglas DC-9 Series 50 photographed in Memphis in 2011. This airframe was built in 1975. (Credits: Author)

An ex-Northwest Delta Douglas DC-9 Series 50 photographed in Memphis in 2011. This airframe was built in 1975. (Credits: Author)

The cabin of a Delta DC-9-50 photographed in June 2011. Delta has refurbished the ex-NW DC-9s with new cabins and wi-fi. (Credits: Author)

The cabin of a Delta DC-9-50 photographed in June 2011. Delta has refurbished the ex-NW DC-9s with new cabins and wi-fi. (Credits: Author)

The 717 holds a significant operating cost advantage over the DC 9-50, especially in fuel burn and maintenance cost. The 88 717s will be delivered to Delta between August 2013 and December 2015 as shown in the graphic below. At the end of October 2013, Delta is scheduled to have 9 717s on property.

The delivery schedule for Delta's 717s

The delivery schedule for Delta’s 717s

At one time TWA operated the 717. Now, Hawaiian and Delta will eventually be the only 717 operators remaining in the United States 156 were built between 1998 and 2006. The aircraft entered service in late 1999 with AirTran, who used them to replace the DC-9-30s and became the world’s largest operator of the type. Hawaiian has discussed retiring their 717s late in this decade or early in the 2020s. It would seem Delta may be an ideal buyer or lessor.

The Boeing 717 was originally marketed as the McDonnell-Douglas MD-95 before the company merged with Boeing in 1997. (Credits: Author)

The Boeing 717 was originally marketed as the McDonnell-Douglas MD-95 before the company merged with Boeing in 1997. (Credits: McDonnell Douglas)

(Credits: McDonell Douglas)

(Credits: McDonnell Douglas)

 

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Senior Business Analyst, Big Airline Enthusiast, Avid Airport Connoisseur, Frequent Flyer, Globetrotter. I Miss Northwest Airlines Every Day. vinay@airwaysmag.com @TheABVinay

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