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Delta retires MD88, MD90, B777, B737

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 1:21 pm    Post subject: Delta retires MD88, MD90, B777, B737 Reply with quote

https://news.delta.com/delta-retire-md-88-md-90-fleets-june

Delta to retire MD-88, MD-90 fleets in June

Delta will retire the MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft earlier than previously planned, with both aircraft types exiting the fleet effective June 2020. The accelerated retirement schedule of both aircraft is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as we reduce capacity systemwide. Delta cut its overall active fleet by about half, parking more than 600 mainline and regional aircraft in the last two months.

Delta has been able to react quickly to the COVID-19 crisis by parking aircraft and considering early retirements of older, less efficient airplanes.

The 149-seat MD-88 was previously set to retire by the end of 2020. As of February this year, prior to the coronavirus-driven fleet reduction, there were 47 MD-88s and 29 MD-90s operating.

Both aircraft operated across much of Delta’s domestic network and have been workhorses for the airline.




https://news.delta.com/deltas-777-aircraft-retire-end-2020-simplifying-widebody-fleet-amid-covid-19

Delta’s 777 aircraft to retire by end of 2020, simplifying widebody fleet amid COVID-19

Delta plans to retire its 18 widebody Boeing 777s by the end of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The retirement will accelerate the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet, while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft.

“We’re making strategic, cost-effective changes to our fleet to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring Delta is well-positioned for the recovery on the backside of the crisis,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “The 777 has been a reliable part of Delta’s success since it joined the fleet in 1999 and because of its unique operating characteristics, opened new non-stop, ultra-long-haul markets that only it could fly at that time.”

Last month, Delta announced plans to accelerate the retirement of the MD-88 and MD-90 fleets to June. Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation, Delta has reacted quickly by parking aircraft and considering early aircraft retirements to reduce operational complexity and cost. To date, the airline has parked more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft to adjust capacity to match reduced customer demand.

The Boeing 777-200 first entered the fleet in 1999 and grew to 18 aircraft, including 10 of the long-range 777-200LR variant, which arrived in 2008. At the time, aircraft was uniquely positioned to fly non-stop between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa, Los Angeles to Sydney and other distant destinations.

Delta will continue flying its fleet of long-haul next generation Airbus A350-900s, which burn 21% less fuel per seat than the 777s they will replace.

Despite a reduction in international passenger travel, the 777 fleet has been the workhorse of Delta’s cargo, mail and U.S. citizen repatriation operations amid the pandemic. Since late April, the widebody jet has flown dozens of trips from Chicago and Los Angeles to Frankfurt to deliver mail to U.S. military troops abroad; operated between the U.S. and Asia to deliver thousands of pounds of critical, life-saving supplies to aid in the COVID-19 response; and carried thousands of U.S. citizens back to the U.S. from Sydney, Mumbai, Manila and other cities around the world.

More specific details of the timing of the 777’s exit from the fleet will be disclosed at a later date.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/91536-delta-air-lines-retires-md-88s-md-90s

Delta Air Lines retires MD-88s, MD-90s

03.06.2020

Delta Air Lines retired the last of its McDonnell Douglas twinjets - and the last MDs to be operated by an American scheduled carrier - with the farewell flights of a MD-88 and a MD-90-30 on June 2, 2020.

The last MD-88 flight was operated under the DL88 number from Washington Dulles to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson using N900DE (msn 53372). The last MD-90, N925DN (msn 53587), flew earlier on the same day from Houston Intc'l to Atlanta as DL90.

The latter aircraft was immediately ferried for storage to Blytheville, while the last active MD-88 remains at Atlanta airport for the time being. It will shortly also be ferried to Blytheville.

Both farewell flights were operated as normal scheduled services although with the number of passengers was limited to 50% in first class and 60% in economy due to COVID-related restrictions. Both types will be replaced by A220s.

Delta originally planned to retire all MDs by the end of 2020 but this was accelerated due to the drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline had operated the MD-88s since 1987 and the -90s since 1995.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/93072-delta-to-retire-b737-700s-by-ye20

Delta to retire B737-700s by YE20

15.07.2020

Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) has announced that it will retire all 10 of its B737-700s by the end of 2020, as well as "certain" A320-200s and B767-300(ER)s as it downsizes to meet post-COVID demand.

"The company made the decision to retire the entire MD-90, B777, and B737-700 fleets and portions of its B767-300ER and A320 fleets by late 2020. This is in addition to the decision in the March quarter to accelerate the retirement of its MD-88 fleet from December 2020 to June 2020. The company also cancelled its purchase commitment for four A350-900s aircraft from LATAM Airlines Group. Primarily as a result of these decisions, the company recorded USD2.5 billion in fleet-related and other charges," Delta said in its quarterly results announcement.

While all of Delta's McDonnell Douglas twinjets have already been retired, the other types are undergoing a more gradual phase-out. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Delta currently operates ten B737-700s, sixty-two A320-200s, fifty-six B767-300(ER)s, eight B777-200(ER)s, and ten B777-200(LR)s. Nearly all of these aircraft are owned by the airline except for four A320-200s owned by Verizon but managed by Delta.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

◾Last Boeing 777 revenue service accelerated from late-December to late-October (777-200LR from Sydney to Los Angeles on 24OCT20. 777-200ER currently displays one-way from Los Angeles to Tokyo Haneda on 23OCT20)

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