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.'
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.