The DOT gave DL the additional beyond perimeter slots so that DL can operate 1x daily DCA-SLC flight.[BR][BR][A href=http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/021127/delta_1.html]http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/021127/delta_1.html[/A][BR]
On 11/27/2002 2:27:16 PM DLFlyer31 wrote:
The DOT gave DL the additional beyond perimeter slots so that DL can operate 1x daily DCA-SLC flight.
Although I'd rather it gone to UAL out of LAX, I'm glad to see that it went to an airline that could actually put it to good use instead of the ridiculous slot welfare program the feds were playing before. Congrats!!
Depending on the terms of the perimeter rule exemption, Delta might be required to keep using a 757 or forfeit the slots. It's true that Alaska changed their DCA equipment from a 737-900 to a -700, but that was a direct result of 9/11.
No such requirement. Not only can Delta change equipment on the DCA-SLC route if it chooses to do so, it could even start the new service with a different aircraft type. That's what America West did -- after promising DOT in the DCA beyond-perimeter route case that it would start DCA-LAS service with 757s, it actually began the service with A319s. To my knowledge, America West was never penalized by DOT for this bait-and-switch tactic.