Mesaba in KATL

EV120

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Looks like Mesaba is setting up a MX base in KATL. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for a pilot base...
 

damnflyboy

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Yea...have fun with that. Just remember that airlines are like porn stars. They always make the unrealistic look realistic---only to pull out in the end.
 

TOOL CRIB

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They probably have a MX base at every outstation a Saab winds up at...
 

Raskal

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The listing is for 40 mechanics in ATL...why so many? Anyone know?
 

Cpt Oveur

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Lot of Saabs and -900s are going to be there. Anyone hear that the saabs will be on the Echo Pad? They can take that piece of real estate and enjoy the timely busses and helpful gate agents.
 

rightseatjocky

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Welcome to Atlanta Mesaba.
Welcome to holding for no reason..
Welcome to having your ontime factor down the tubes....
Welcome to the armpit of the south....
:bomb:
 

WSurf

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Anyone know when the Saabs will be running over to Hilton Head?
 

OCP

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Lot of Saabs and -900s are going to be there. Anyone hear that the saabs will be on the Echo Pad? They can take that piece of real estate and enjoy the timely busses and helpful gate agents.
FWIW SH said that they'd park on D.
 

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There has been a little birdie chirping about March...
Delta flight service to return to island in March

By DON McLOUD
dmcloud@islandpacket.com
843-706-8139
Published Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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Delta Air Lines announced Monday it will resume flights between Hilton Head Island Airport and Atlanta starting March 2.
The announcement follows the company's acquisition of Northwest Airlines, a deal that gives Delta a type of plane suitable for the island's short runway.
The return of Delta flights in the spring will follow a three-month suspension of service at Hilton Head that will start Nov. 30. During the suspension, Delta will retire the planes it currently is using on the island, according to Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott.
Delta announced the suspension in service in July, but said it would resume flights in the spring after it found a plane better suited to the island's 4,300 foot-long runway.
The airline is retiring its 66-seat ATR-72 turboprop aircraft, which was deemed by the company to be old and inefficient. That plane will be replaced by the 34-seat Saab 340 turboprop.
The carrier will have four daily flights out of the airport, Elliott said. It currently offers three flights a day. Reservations for spring flights can be made starting today at www.delta.com, Elliott said.
Despite Delta's promise to resume flights to and from Hilton Head, some local officials were concerned that the carrier might not come back. Then, as now, the airline industry was struggling with high fuel costs and other financial problems.
A contingent of county and town representatives recently made a goodwill trip to Charlotte to visit officials at US Airways, the other airline serving Hilton Head, to make sure all was well with that company's service between Hilton Head and Charlotte. US Airways has said it has no plans to change its service on the island.
When Delta acquired Northwest on Oct. 29, it became the largest airline in the world. As part of the deal, Delta acquired Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest regional carrier that flies the Saab 340.
The smaller Saab 340 will be a good fit for the island, Elliott said.
Delta began service to Hilton Head in March 2007. Airport officials hailed it as a chance to tap into the busy
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Delta initially planned to serve Hilton Head only during peak-travel summer months, but the success of the route led to flights throughout the year. Elliott said Delta's Hilton Head service will fly year-round when flights resume in March.
"We are happy to be returning to the Hilton Head market," she said.
That sentiment was echoed Tuesday by Hilton Head political leaders.
Town officials hadn't yet heard about Delta's decision when they gathered at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a council meeting, but the news was welcomed.
"We were always hoping they'd come back, but you never assume," said Mayor Tom Peeples. "That's good news -- for once."
Town officials had exchanged several letters with Delta.
"That's wonderful news for the community," said town manager Steve Riley, "and good news for tourism."
 

crj567

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I love how this article refers to the ATR as "old and inefficient." Somehow attempting to infer that carrying 1/2 the pax at pretty much the same fuel burn in an old bucket like the 340 is better....

-Nice
 

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I love how this article refers to the ATR as "old and inefficient." Somehow attempting to infer that carrying 1/2 the pax at pretty much the same fuel burn in an old bucket like the 340 is better....

-Nice
Perception is 90% of reality.
 

Flybywire44

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Welcome to Atlanta Mesaba.
Welcome to holding for no reason..
Welcome to having your ontime factor down the tubes....
Welcome to the armpit of the south....
:bomb:
Mesaba's 900's have been in and out of ATL for awhile so they know ATL, and they won't be holding Saabs. Props have their own arrivals.
 

Citrus531

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Welcome to Atlanta Mesaba.
Welcome to holding for no reason..
Welcome to having your ontime factor down the tubes....
Welcome to the armpit of the south....
:bomb:
I think for the most part, the airport is pretty efficient and organized. Granted, when wx hits the bottom falls out but that's not a big shock.

I was born and raised just north of Atlanta and it has a lot to offer...hardly an "armpit" in my opinion. Just the areas very close to the airport aren't very desirable but I'm sure that's true with other major cities.
 

JoeMerchant

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Wow you haven't flown in ATL much have you?
Flybywire is right about the turboprop holding....With very few exceptions, when the jets were holding, the turboprops would come right in under you guys. ATL approach sets in trail separation for jets and for turboprops....when there are only a few turboprops coming in....you hardly ever hold.
 

ImbracableCrunk

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4300 feet, huh? I think the shortest strip we'd take the Saab into was Benton Harlem, but that was 5100 of icy goodness.

What's the shortest runway Saab destination right now?
 

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The listing is for 40 mechanics in ATL...why so many? Anyone know?
As I said months ago, Mesaba's ATL base will be as large as our DTW base ASAP. This is per DAL.
 

Tarzan

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As I said months ago, Mesaba's ATL base will be as large as our DTW base ASAP. This is per DAL.
Quit your gloating. You're new to the DCI thing. One thing you need to understand about DAL is that they will change their minds quite a few more times before anything happens. You guys won't be getting as much in ATL as you've been lead to believe.
 
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