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Discussion in 'Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles' started by rwoman, May 8, 2012.
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USA Today: Delta's Detroit-Paris flight to be year-round
Anybody know if this is additional capacity to Europe or simply replacing capacity on a different route? More capacity to Europe would be good.
It could, ultimately, replace the AF service...right now, it looks to be additional, but this is DL and we know it can always change!
Of course things will change! And true that it could replace AF service. Oh well, I'll keep crossing my fingers for more TATL capacity, lower fares, and better award availability.
If DL takes over the route entirely from AF, I think we all know what's going to happen there!
Not to mention the elimination of a tolerably-priced route on which to use SWUs. (Although the dates I checked showed DTW-CDG pretty heavily booked in J, so not much O to be had.)
I liked your response for its truth, but I really dislike the content.
As do I, sadly.
I've heard that the DL flight will go from 767 to A330 in the fall. My guess is that the AF flight will disappear in the fall and possibly return next summer.
So basically swapping DL seasonal/AF year-round for DL year-round/AF seasonal . . .
That's my best guess, but we will see what happens to this route later.
Just tell me when AF is going to start upgauging to the A380 on some of these US routes, and I'll be happy!
Isn't there a daily LAX-CDG and JFK-CDG on the A380, plus some days on IAD-CDG?
Daily LAX is slated to start in late May. (They need more than one airframe to operate the route, so they're waiting on the next A380 delivery.) I think IAD is daily some of the year. JFK gets one daily rotation on the A380, as does YUL (not US, but close enough). I'm not thinking A380 service to one of the fortress hubs will come any time soon. ATL-CDG benefits from frequency to create volume, it seems. I'd guess KE will send an A380 to ATL before AF does.
KE has already said that they will start flying the A380 on the ATL-ICN route at the very beginning of 2013. I think ATL still has a few more changes to make to handle the plane without having to literally walk the runway and taxiway before each landing or takeoff. I am also unsure of whether the tweaks to two gates have been made yet to allow double jetways. And to be clear, I was hoping for the current frequency of flights AND the A380!
Wasn't it the ATL airport authorities that said KE was toying with the A380 on ICN-ATL from January? I don't recall seeing an announcement from the airline. Need to run, otherwise I'd go check the GDS to see what equipment they're listing.
The recent articles have only included official statements from Hartsfield officials, but Korean Air had made announcements about flying the A380 to ATL last June (2011), with an expected start date of sometime in 2012. Air France also requested that ATL be modified to support the A380. I highly doubt ATL officials made the recent announcement without KE being on board. The A380 will replace the 747 for the 1x daily route, according to the stories from last year.
I'll believe it when KE announces it, and then expect it to slip a few months like FRA did. However, looking near end-of-schedule, the 3x weekly ATL-ICN is zeroed out, suggesting that they might be heading toward a change. The equipment change to the A380 would be a massive improvement to the hard product on a major hub-hub route.
Last post on this since we're way off topic---SORRY!!!---but I did find reports that specifically mention January 13, 2013 as the start date for the A380 on the route.