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Delta dedicates new Boeing 737-900ER as 'Spirit of Seattle'

There are 28 comments on the Airport Business story from Dec 5, 2013, titled Delta dedicates new Boeing 737-900ER as 'Spirit of Seattle'. In it, Airport Business reports that:

In celebration of its 80th anniversary of service and growing presence in Seattle, Delta Air Lines today unveiled at Boeing Field a new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft as the 'Spirit of Seattle,' dedicated to the city of Seattle and the airline's customers, employees and partners in the region.

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not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#21 Mar 7, 2014
Toad wrote:
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I salute yo ole debating partner and apologize for some of my harsher statements. My Dad is a retired Capt for AMR and my oldest brother is a SWA Capt, of about30yrs. He was Navy Fighter Pilot. I have another brother and he and his friends went out to AZ desert about 12 yrs ago and bought 2 DC 3's. One for parts. Used to fly for Parachuters but has had the ole bird outfitted w/ highly sophisticated mapping equipment. Contracted to Govt after Sandy and has flown allot of mapping missions from Tx thru Central Americas. When we get together we slam beers and love to talk industry talk. The SWA Capt has said the Air Tran folks are making things go badly. I am hoping it smoothes out. My friends @ HP still don't fly together w/ their USAir counter parts. UAL/CAL is looking to havesome protracted issues as well. When AA is in the fold w/ HP/USAir it's going to be a powerhouse of an AL. My guess is that merger mania isn't over. Remuors of DAL/Alaska but we have just added more Intl flying and an intense new schd for flying out of SEA for domestic so it doesn't look like us. Alaska makes a ton of money on its own. But thx again for the heads up. If I even so much as smell rotten @ DAL then that means I wouldn't be alone and so it would 1995 again. Employee moral so bad we took DAL from 60 yrs of top tier to 10yrs of bottom tier. Its Miller time. BTW, NO I have never stepped foot in that DC 3 I mean just the way it sits w/ that nose up creeps me out. Ha ha
Sounds like, you too, have aviation in your blood. I grew up with this stuff running through my veins. I taxied my first jet at age nine sitting on my father's lap. He had the pedals and the throttles, I had the tiller. That was all it took... hooked for life. Soloed on my 16th birthday. It's been airplanes for as long as I can remember. I've been to a few crash sites and I am adamant about who should, and shouldn't be working on the aircraft. If our jobs are important enough to be random drug tested... than the rules of safety should be enforced to the highest level. I am not at all happy with the down grading of importance towards the employees who made and make this business safe! If we have too live to a higher standard than damn well should be paid for it. I've worked the contract houses, and you will never convince me that they're just as good. The contractors work who ever airplane comes through the door. There is no way they can stay on top of each and every airlines MRM / maintenance repair manual. Even when the airlines merge, they don't merge the workers right away. At the contractors you switch airlines all day long... go where the work is. I've been doing this for well over thirty years , and what I see now has turned me back to my roots. I no longer work heavy metal / 121. I made the move back to general aviation. The pay is about the same and I have more control over the work that I do.

Good talk Toad, stay sharp
NW 757 300 CASM

United States

#22 Mar 7, 2014
It is kind of lucky that Northwest bought into Delta as they are really the only true legacy carrier that remains.

After all American is more low-cost America West, and regional Allegheny than American legacy with the merger

While United is more scab heritage Continental
NW 757 300 CASM

United States

#23 Mar 7, 2014
Further more with the new 757-300s Northwest brought to Delta, it has helped make the 757 less gas guzzling, although it is still kind of an orphaned type lacking engine commonality at Delta.
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#24 Mar 7, 2014
NW 757 300 CASM wrote:
Further more with the new 757-300s Northwest brought to Delta, it has helped make the 757 less gas guzzling, although it is still kind of an orphaned type lacking engine commonality at Delta.
After the merger had made news I was just non revving to catch up w/ friends in Vegas. As the DAL 767-200 taxied to gate I saw this really weird, looked like a mile long AC. It was a NWA 757-300. DAL had quit a few of the 757-200 but I had never even heard of a 300 version. I went over to the NWA counter where the crew was waiting to brd the AC and asked to see it. Wild, long bird. Several yrs later we started using the 757-300 on our Trans-Oceanic routes out of both ATL/JFK. Worked it allot ATL-BSB. Great trip, hard hrs but great time. Almost 20 rs w/ a 1145 layover. Essentially a 2 day 20 hr trip, LOL. Now, seasonally we will fly 767-300ER for same type trip ATL-GRU. Here's my list of AC I have been honored to work. BTW, I am former Western, while own furlough w/ Western 11 of us furloughed WAL FA's helped get a brand new AL it's certificate, America West, HP....then called backed to WAL then merged w/ DAL, partial merge w/ Pan Am and great merger w/ NWA which had made DAL a true International AL. 737-100/200/300/400/800 MD-88/90 727-200 DC-10/30 Only DAL version of the DC-9-50? Never woked on NWA DC 9's L1011's (what ever versions DAL/Pan Am had?) 757-200/300 767-200/300/400 A330-200/300 777-200/300 747-400 My favorite 'the whale'. Love that bird. Easiest to work 777-200/300 Most comfortable crew rest 777-200/300 & A330-300........but best AC is 'the whale' I am guessing DAL will add additional A330's when they become available but I am hoping like a mad dog that we order 747-800
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#25 Mar 7, 2014
NW 757 300 CASM wrote:
It is kind of lucky that Northwest bought into Delta as they are really the only true legacy carrier that remains.
After all American is more low-cost America West, and regional Allegheny than American legacy with the merger
While United is more scab heritage Continental
The 'New' American w/ it's world wide partners will be a force to contend w/. UAL/CAL will be a 'force' but the leadership @ UAL doesn't give a rat's butt about frontline employees so it will drag on. Anyone can say what they want but Doug Parker @ the 'New' American has been able to pull huge profits and America West FA's/Pilots still don't fly together. In other words, still not merged. But I am still terribly proud how the DAL/NWA merger turned out. We started out w/ a huge welcome to one another, even if fearful, but when the 2 different culture became more comfortable w/ one another it really became a 'Fun' place to work again. From 1993-2006 DAL had the worst Mgmt since Frank Lorenzo. From top tier to bottom feeder. Ron Allen was horrific and we were proud to pay him off. The replacement, Leo Mullins got driven out of town by employees and Brd of Directors. It's a tuff industry. If top Mgmt isn't worker friendly, the AL will die, a long, painful death.
Toad

Atlanta, GA

#26 Mar 7, 2014
Toad wrote:
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After the merger had made news I was just non revving to catch up w/ friends in Vegas. As the DAL 767-200 taxied to gate I saw this really weird, looked like a mile long AC. It was a NWA 757-300. DAL had quit a few of the 757-200 but I had never even heard of a 300 version. I went over to the NWA counter where the crew was waiting to brd the AC and asked to see it. Wild, long bird. Several yrs later we started using the 757-300 on our Trans-Oceanic routes out of both ATL/JFK. Worked it allot ATL-BSB. Great trip, hard hrs but great time. Almost 20 rs w/ a 1145 layover. Essentially a 2 day 20 hr trip, LOL. Now, seasonally we will fly 767-300ER for same type trip ATL-GRU. Here's my list of AC I have been honored to work. BTW, I am former Western, while own furlough w/ Western 11 of us furloughed WAL FA's helped get a brand new AL it's certificate, America West, HP....then called backed to WAL then merged w/ DAL, partial merge w/ Pan Am and great merger w/ NWA which had made DAL a true International AL. 737-100/200/300/400/800 MD-88/90 727-200 DC-10/30 Only DAL version of the DC-9-50? Never woked on NWA DC 9's L1011's (what ever versions DAL/Pan Am had?) 757-200/300 767-200/300/400 A330-200/300 777-200/300 747-400 My favorite 'the whale'. Love that bird. Easiest to work 777-200/300 Most comfortable crew rest 777-200/300 & A330-300........but best AC is 'the whale' I am guessing DAL will add additional A330's when they become available but I am hoping like a mad dog that we order 747-800
I forgot the extended DC-8, another very long rough AC. DAL sold all of them to UPS, I think they are still using them, wow.
not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#27 Mar 8, 2014
NW 757 300 CASM wrote:
It is kind of lucky that Northwest bought into Delta as they are really the only true legacy carrier that remains.
After all American is more low-cost America West, and regional Allegheny than American legacy with the merger
While United is more scab heritage Continental
While United is more scab heritage Continental?

So what about the nwa mechs you merged with?
not a fine wine

Duluth, MN

#28 Mar 8, 2014
not a fine wine wrote:
<quoted text>While United is more scab heritage Continental?
So what about the nwa mechs you merged with?
Spam, nuts, and clueless? Fact is facts. Anyone from NWA maintenance / mechanics, that came through the merger was a scab. Any NWA after that are the honorable. I'll give that CAL was worse, only because they were a fank lorenzo airline. But then so was dick. So how can you bad mouth one but no the other? CAL bad NWA good. Can you say hypocrite....

Yah, yah, I know... clueless, nuts, and spam.

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