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Howard Hughes

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Any of you Delta guys here about a possible fllight direct to Europe from Salt Lake City? Also I'm assuming the "growth" is speaking to regional jets.

Any word on the rumoured 20 to 60 MD-90's from China Southern Delta's was looking to place in SLC? Would these take back some routes that had been leased to RJ's the past six or so years?

Airline expands lobby at S.L. hub to speed service
By Paul Beebe
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 07/11/2007 09:04:50 AM MDT

Delta Air Lines on Tuesday unveiled a renovated check-in lobby at Salt Lake City International Airport that it says will speed passengers and their luggage to the gates, while preparing the carrier to handle more domestic and international flights.
By expanding the lobby to 12,000 square feet from 10,000 square feet, the airline was able to add four check-in positions, bringing the number to 30, Delta executives said during a news conference in the airport's Terminal 2.
Above the check-in positions are new audiovisual electronic screens that direct passengers to available ticket agents.
Nine new baggage-drop areas were added for customers checking in online or at self-service kiosks in the more spacious lobby.
The kiosks now issue boarding passes to customers flying internationally, as well as to U.S. destinations. The machines have been arranged so they funnel passengers toward the baggage-drop areas.
The pickup-sized luggage screeners operated by the Transportation Security Administration have been moved out of the lobby and behind a wall where passengers can't see them.
Wider conveyor belts behind the ticket counter are designed to move luggage to the TSA screeners more rapidly. Two conveyor ramps will zip oversized items such as skis onto a separate conveyor belt.
"Our customers today demand speed through the airports. They want a better experience. They want a faster experience, and that's exactly what we've done here in Salt Lake City," said Rich Cordell, Delta's senior vice president of airport customer service.
The project was launched 18 months ago, shortly after Delta filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2005. Delta won't reveal what it spent to modernize the lobby, but airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said, "It's in the millions of dollars."
The English-language and Spanish-language kiosks also will issue baggage tags. Passengers will take their bags and the tags to the drop points, where they will be weighed. If the bags are overweight, agents can collect excess-baggage fees with machines that swipe credit cards.
"It was painless and quick. It was a piece of cake," said Tom O'Brien, an Albuquerque, N.M., businessman who checked in his bags and himself in under five minutes Tuesday afternoon.
Salt Lake is Delta's fastest-growing hub. The airline has added nonstop flights to more than 30 new markets in the past year and is considering whether to launch its first nonstop route from Salt Lake to Europe next year.
"We plan to have continued growth here, and you'll see that this lobby was done on purpose. It will allow us to grow Salt Lake City both domestically and internationally," Cordell said.
After the news conference, Cordell said he was not aware of any specific expansion plans Delta has for its westernmost hub.
"But the important thing is we now have a lobby and an airport infrastructure that can support anything we choose to do."
Delta exited bankruptcy on April 30. Its shares, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $20.65 on Tuesday, down 68 cents.
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Yes, they are thinking about connecting SLC with CDG (Paris) for a Skyteam connection with Air France, or maybe London Gatwick when we get some Heathrow slots from Air France (supposedly 6 FREE slots). As far as the MD90s, rumor has it we will know something soon, and some could be going back to SLC to fly some Montana routes, some could go to LAX to fly some old Western type routes, or some could go to ATL and fly Mexico type routes. That is of course if we even get any. Things are happening behind the scenes though, and we should know our new CEO by the end of July. Then he/she will announce more.


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It will be interesting to see if Gen Lee's B767 is going to take any weight restrictions out of SLC on a nice hot 100F afternoon to CDG. The mormon church will be very upset and the city of Salt Lake is going to shell out some cash to cover the losses.
 

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It will be interesting to see if Gen Lee's B767 is going to take any weight restrictions out of SLC on a nice hot 100F afternoon to CDG. The mormon church will be very upset and the city of Salt Lake is going to shell out some cash to cover the losses.
Who know's, we may throw a 777 on there? We are getting 6-8 more in the next few years. Do you think that could handle it?


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It would be foolish for Delta to throw a premium international aircraft to SLC. You know Delta is worried about filling up BizE that's why Delta is waiting for the city to pony up some cash to make it all work and dandy. If any passengers want to fly to west coast and have the money, they would just go non-stop from Europe not via SLC. But maybe Delta flies from SLC to AMA and LBB and MAF via SkyWest now, so those routings from CDG could be good...haha
 
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Sure Delta will try it. Delta will also fail at it. They done that for years. Fail at it.
 

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It will be interesting to see if Gen Lee's B767 is going to take any weight restrictions out of SLC on a nice hot 100F afternoon to CDG. The mormon church will be very upset and the city of Salt Lake is going to shell out some cash to cover the losses.
Unrelated to this thread, but why do ASA/Delta's magazine have full page advertisements for the Church of Latter Day Saints and a full page map of the Church's facilities in SLC? ASA does not even fly there any more. The ASA route map looks like the water training out of the bath tub, it keeps getting smaller and smaller with little bits of crap left behind.
 

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It will be interesting to see if Gen Lee's B767 is going to take any weight restrictions out of SLC on a nice hot 100F afternoon to CDG. The mormon church will be very upset and the city of Salt Lake is going to shell out some cash to cover the losses.
Not funny. I have several friends who are Mormon. Some of the nicest guys I know. Also not a well published statistic but the Mormons donate more to the needy than any religious organization on the planet. The L.D.S. Church (their other name) is very efficient and actually use their money for good. Let's not take away from that with the snide remarks. Also, I know the CEO of the salt lake regional is Mormon but from what I have heard he doesn't live the religion very well.
 

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It will be interesting to see if Gen Lee's B767 is going to take any weight restrictions out of SLC on a nice hot 100F afternoon to CDG. The mormon church will be very upset and the city of Salt Lake is going to shell out some cash to cover the losses.
Not quite sure why the Mormons would be upset about it, but you might upset the Baptists and I'm sure the Shriners might be a little on the pissed side. :) RJAA do you have a big Craftsman tool banner in your garage?
 

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It would be foolish for Delta to throw a premium international aircraft to SLC. You know Delta is worried about filling up BizE that's why Delta is waiting for the city to pony up some cash to make it all work and dandy. If any passengers want to fly to west coast and have the money, they would just go non-stop from Europe not via SLC. But maybe Delta flies from SLC to AMA and LBB and MAF via SkyWest now, so those routings from CDG could be good...haha
Nope, thank gawd they don't fly to LBB, MAF, or AMA. Anyway, you seem to forget a sizeable amount of popluation that lives in the NW United States that does not have access to Paris---Montana, Idaho, Las Vegas, Denver, and the whole Mormon Church based in SLC. Could they all fill a 764 or a 777 in the Summertime? I bet they could, especially since CDG is a huge hub for the Skyteam. Keep thinking that people will only go nonstop to Europe, from those areas....ha ha.

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Nope, thank gawd they don't fly to LBB, MAF, or AMA. Anyway, you seem to forget a sizeable amount of popluation that lives in the NW United States that does not have access to Paris---Montana, Idaho, Las Vegas, Denver, and the whole Mormon Church based in SLC. Could they all fill a 764 or a 777 in the Summertime? I bet they could, especially since CDG is a huge hub for the Skyteam. Keep thinking that people will only go nonstop to Europe, from those areas....ha ha.

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SEA has Air France and PDX has Lufthanza. You go ahead on count on Montana and Idaho traffic there and I am not flying west from DEN to go to Europe. That's just stupid, unless of course Delta is whoring itself out to CDG for $599 RT. Las Vegas? with all the cheap ass Europeans on packaged vacations that they find at their airports! Airlines have tried over and over again to connect LAS and Tokyo and failed miserably. Nobody is willing to pay up to sit up front and that's the truth. Will the coach section fill? Possibly. Will delta make money? I think not. Go ahead and throw a B777 and forget about half dozen places that could use the quipment and make premium revenue.
 
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You go ahead on count on Montana and Idaho traffic there and I am not flying west from DEN to go to Europe. That's just stupid, unless of course Delta is whoring itself out to CDG for $599 RT. Las Vegas? with all the cheap ass European on packaged vacation! Airlines have tried over and over again to connect LAS and Tokyo and failed miserably. Nobody is willing to pay up to sit up front and that's the truth. Will the coach section fill? Probably. Will delta make money? I think not. Go ahead and throw a B777 and forget about half dozen places that could use the quipment and make premium revenue.
Again, you don't really seem to understand what is going on. We fill our LAS flights from JFK, mostly with our INTL connects. How do I know? I have flown them there recently. Could a Skyteam hub in CDG flow some passengers to LAS via SLC? Absolutely. Could the Morons in SLC help fill flights with missionaries? I think so. Could there be enough people throughout the SLC system (with all of those RJs and mainline planes) to help fill a 230 passenger 767ER every day? I think so. Could people from Monterey, Bakersfield, LGB, PSP, TUS, PHX, RNO, GJT, DRO, ASE, BIL, JAC, BZN, FCA, GTF, PSC, MSO, YKM, RDM, EUG, IDA, SUN, EKO, and good old St George help fill a nonstop European flight? Um, yeah. The European Carriers that go nonstop to LAS are British Midland to Manchester, Virgin to LGW, and Condor to Frankfurt. That is it. The rest of the INTL passengers have to connect to NYC or somewhere else East. And to Asia you can fly Skyteam member Korean to Seoul and beyond. Sounds like you need to go there and check it out.

Will Delta use a 777? I don't know, but they think they could go JFK to Accra, Ghana (over 5,000 miles) in one of our new 757ERs with winglets that we are getting soon from AA. If Delta tech ops figures out how to do it, they will do it, and it will be correct. Maybe they could figure out how to do a 767ER from SLC in the Summer. Winter traffic would probably be full too since Europe had a terrible ski season last year with very little snow, and Park City is famous thanks to the Olympics. Open your mind dude.


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Sure buddy, interesting stuff. First I heard Europeans would fly 12 hours to ski in US of A. Also, first I heard your "New" B757s could make the 5000 mile trip. Berlin's about 4000 miles from New York. Come on now, you've flown a B757, that's what it says but good day for now.
 
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