“Delta currently has 16 Boeing 747-400s in the fleet, the oldest of which have been delivered in 1989 (to what was then Northwest). The airline is looking at replacing them before the next D-checks are due towards the end of this decade.” – Aviation Week
Delta had unloaded all it’s old 747’s before the merger and has not gone out and looked for any “new old” ones to add or replace what they have.
When Delta retires the last 747 I will shed a tear and more. Also, what will Delta do for advertising since the 747 is featured on almost every ad they ever put out!
Noteworthy to me towards the end of the Aviation Week piece was the need for something just slightly bigger than the 717’s they are getting from AirTran and flying now. Delta, and it’s regional partners, fly lots of CRJ700 & 900’s and the new C- Series apparently has caught the eye of Richard Anderson. If they do buy them I would expect similar seats as we see in the jets, that is the new slim line Zodiac/Weber 6801 seats we have been seeing on most of the refits.
I have only been on one 787 Dreamliner flight but I do wish Delta would consider them but I doubt that is going to happen any time soon. What do you think is Delta’s best choice for the 747 replacement? – René
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