Delta made a rather surprising announcement this morning: the airline is retiring its fleet of Boeing 777s.
“The retirement will accelerate the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet, while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft,” Delta said.
The 777s should be retired just as 2020 comes to an end. This after so much controversy over the past few years when Delta first refreshed the interiors without Comfort+ seats only to bring those “mods” back in and redo them again with Comfort+!
“With international travel expected to return slowly, we … made the difficult decision to permanently retire our Boeing 777 fleet – 18 aircraft – by the end of the year,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a published memo to employees. “Our A330s and A350-900s, which are more fuel-efficient and cost-effective, will perform long-haul flying as international demand returns.”
So this means Delta will retire at least four types of planes this year:
I say “at least” because who knows if Delta will announce more aircraft retirements this year? (The Boeing 717s might be shifting anxiously in their chocks right about now.)
The timing is certainly unfortunate for #AvGeeks wishing to enjoy a plane’s last ride. The upside to the 777 retirement flights, though, versus the Mad Dogs’ farewell flights, is that by the end of the year, it will perhaps be safer to fly again for fun.
I’m curious about what Delta will do with routes such as Atlanta to Johannesburg and Los Angeles to Sydney. Those flights fall short of the A350-900’s published range. But by the time international travel is “back” in several years, perhaps there will be something bigger, better, and more fuel-efficient.
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