Way too many variables, right now, to give a realistic opinion. As one who was furloughed last November, I'm hunkering down for the long haul. Load factors are up but revenues are down. The 100 seater is getting a lot of press and may be used as a means to replace the 73-200s in the Express operation AND lower pay scales. We'll see. I'm thinking 2004 at the earliest but who knows.
We had the close family member of a high level DAL VP on the aircraft the other day. He said the VP had been in Europe for a while working with Airbus on the new DAL small jet (A318). He was pretty sure they are going to get them. I'm sure they will have some leverage on wages with over 800 pilots on furlough.