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    I know that Delta has their first of 8 777-200LRs scheduled for delivery this February. Does anyone know what routes they will be flown on before they get put on the ultra long haul to Shanghai on March 31st? I want to be able to fly on a 777 domestically. The 2007 colors would only be a bonus.


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    I think that the aircraft will be paired up for their services to Mumbai and Shanghai, but I am certain that there are other routes in the planning phase (and/or more frequencies to the same destinations - or maybe we will start seeing ATL - DEL, ATL - BOM, and ATL - MAA).
    Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.

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    • #3
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      You can expect the current 772ER that's deployed between ATL and BOM via JFK (both ways) to be relaced with a 772LR in the near future. As to the exact date, I don't know that.

      And as for DEL, it is a possible destination in the future for DL but keep in mind it codeshares with AF, which operates a 744 between CDG and DEL, so not likely.

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      • #4
        What I was talking about was before they get sent on the ultra long hauls. Like AC did with their 772LRs (YYZ-YUL) before they got sent on the ultra long hauls the LR was designed for. I was wondering if DL's will be doing any domestics before they go Intl.


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        • #5
          The most logical route would be ATL-MCO, which has traditionally been DL's main route to get their pilots experience with a new longhaul type, be it the 772, M11, 763ER, 764ER, etc. But I wouldn't expect too many domestic 77L flights. Once the two first are on property, they will more or less immediately be put on ATL-JFK-BOM to free up 2 772s for PVG, and DL might also use the first arriving 77L to pull current 772s from int'l routes and have them repainted and possibly new interiors installed.

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          • #6
            Also remeber for AC it was a completely new family of aircraft. DL has the 772 already, so Id imagine familiarization time would be reduced.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bok269
              Also remeber for AC it was a completely new family of aircraft. DL has the 772 already, so Id imagine familiarization time would be reduced.
              Exactly what I was thinking. There would be little to no time needed for familirization. I think that where they would need practice is on the long-haul sectors (with multiple crews and the like) but they already opreate their aircaft on long routes anyway, so this may not be a problem.
              Whatever is necessary, is never unwise.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AA 1818
                Exactly what I was thinking. There would be little to no time needed for familirization. I think that where they would need practice is on the long-haul sectors (with multiple crews and the like) but they already opreate their aircaft on long routes anyway, so this may not be a problem.
                The multiple crew situation shouldn't be an issue since they are already flying many of the routes the 77L will fly. I would imagine that there are some differences and kinks that will need to be worked out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bok269
                  The multiple crew situation shouldn't be an issue since they are already flying many of the routes the 77L will fly. I would imagine that there are some differences and kinks that will need to be worked out.
                  Like fuel loading or that sort of thing


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