|Delta to retire all Boeing 777s ths year Photo: Delta Air Lines|
Delta has planned to retire all of its 18 Boeing 777s by the end of 2020 along with other older high-maintenance and less efficient jets. Delta will have a younger, more cost-effective, fuel-efficient and more flexible long-haul fleet after the retirement of its Boeing 777s.
The retirement will also accelerate the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet, while continuing to operate modern, more cost-efficient aircraft.
|Delta has 18 Boeing 777s in its fleet Photo: Getty|
Regarding this move, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer, Gil West said:
“We’re making strategic, cost-effective changes to our fleet to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Boeing 777-200 first entered the Delta’s fleet in 1999. Delta has been operating both the -200 and -200LR in its fleet. Altogether, Delta has 18 Boeing 777s in its fleet, including 10 of the long-range 777-200LR variant. These -200LR variant entered in the fleet in 2008.
|Delta’s 777-200LR operates the 10th longest flight to South Africa Photo: Delta Air Lines|
Delta’s Boeing 777s were operating flights from the US to destinations including Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney and Paris. The -200LR variant was also used to fly non-stop between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa along with Los Angeles to Sydney.
According to the airline, this retirement of 18 Boeing 777 jets, along with the MD-90 planes, by the end of this year would result in second-quarter non-cash impairment charges of $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion, before tax.
|Airbus A350s will replace the Boeing 777s Photo: Airbus|
Delta said that it will continue to fly long-haul flights using Airbus SE’s more fuel-efficient and next generation A330 and A350-900 wide-body aircraft, when international demand returns.
Airbus A350-900, will replace the Boeing 777s. The Airbus A350 burns 21% less fuel per seat than the Boeing 777s.
This retirement of the 777s will also mean a sharp drop in the number of premium economy and Delta One Suites in the fleet. All 18 of them were refitted with four-class arrangement with the newest and best seating products.
|Delta’s 777 features the popular Delta One Suites Photo: Delta Air Lines|
The Delta One Suite is widely considered as one of the best business class products in the sky, and it was the first business class product with a door between Australia and the US.
Both the flagship Delta One Suites along with Delta’s Premium Select product, were widely popular among the passengers.
|Delta’s Premium Select product is also widely popular Photo: Delta Air Lines|
According to CNBC, Delta’s CEO told its employees about this decision stating:
“Retiring a fleet as iconic as the 777 is not an easy decision – I know it has a direct impact on many of you who fly, crew and service these jets.”
|Delta is burning $50 million in cash each day Photo: Getty|
Currently, Delta is reported to be burning $50 million in cash per day. The specific date of the retirement will be disclosed later.
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