Do you know anything about the Dickinson market? There’s this little thing called the Bakken Oil boom and demand for flights to Dickinson and Williston, ND have grown about 1000% in the past 2 years. 2-3 years ago Williston had 3 Beech 1900’s a day (57 seats) and they went out about half full on a good day. Today they have about 4 E-120’s from Great Lakes (120 seats), 2-3 E-145’s from United Express (100-150 seats) and 2 CRJ-200’s on Delta Connection (100 seats) and pretty much all of them go out full. The same thing is happening in Dickinson.
Sure, they’re adding these few flights, but I’m sure the aircraft to fly these are being pulled from somewhere else.
Also, DL is always looking for the lowest cost of aircraft. If there are 50 seaters on the market that are at a lower lease rate than the ones you currently have, why wouldn’t you go get those instead if you can get out of the ones you have?
Finally, do you really think that Richard Anderson is making these decisions? No, he isn’t, it takes thousands of management employees to run an airline the size of Delta. A decision to fly to a market like this would probably the final decision of the SVP of Network Planning and the analysis would be done by the domestic or Delta Connection network planning team. It’s not like Richard Anderson wakes up one day and says “We should fly to Dickinson” then makes it happen.
You’re a teenager, I don’t expect you to have a good understanding of how the airline business really works, but please stop pretending that you do and blaming people for decisions made in the industry that you don’t understand.