Delta Air Lines to Add Boeing 737s and Airbus A350s to Fleet

July 13, 2021

Delta Air Lines Airbus A350 - SkyGoFly

Delta Air Lines has announced they will buy 39 used Boeing 737-900 single-aisle jets and lease 7 used Airbus A350-900s as they aggressively move forward in refreshing their fleet.

Delta is also taking advantage of favorable business conditions to retire older planes and replace them with newer, more efficient aircraft.

“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “As we look past the pandemic, Delta’s disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting our sustainability commitments.”

Delta will purchase the 737-900s through their funds managed by Castlelake and the A350s will be leased through AerCap, an aircraft leasing company.

Delta Retirements of Boeing 777s, MD-88 and MD-90s

As a result of Covid and seemingly ripe business opportunities, Delta retired its older and less efficient Boeing 777s, MD-88s and MD-90 jets.

Delta stated that '...the pandemic also provided unique business opportunities to add newer generation aircraft at attractive prices.'

It is thought that Delta (and United and Southwest) are getting favorable terms for their aircraft purchases/leases.

Delta's A350 Fleet Will Replace Their Boeing 777s

The Airbus A350 will be Delta's 'go-to' for its long-haul network replacing the aforementioned older and less efficient Boeing 777.

Deliveries of the jets are set to be concluded by the Spring of 2022.

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