764flyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
Any insiders on here have some best guesses on DL's new aircraft purchases? With their expanding International network and seeming interest in an Asia hub at LAX, does it seem like theyre going to wait for 787s or get 777ERs or both?
764flyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Well one that really stood out there was the 747-800. Granted it was YEARS ago, but considering DLs failed experiment with the 747 years ago do you think they'd go back that direction. What routes would that be used on? The 787s seem a good bet though.
Don't see this one happening at all - there's no route in the Delta system that currently requires the capacity of the 747-400, let alone the -800. If Delta needs anything more than a 777-200, look for the 777-300; much easier to introduce that as a subvarient of the 777 series than introduce an entirely new variant.
Keep in mind Delta's fleet will be in transition over a period. For example, the 767-400s are no more than 5 years old - they have another 20 years in them easily. Also, the MD-88s have another 10 years in them; might not be the most fuel-efficient, but McDonnell Douglas built tanks for planes - just look at Northwest's DC-9s; 40 years old and going strong. Wouldn't be surprised if Delta holds onto these until the 737 replacement is announced. Would expect more 737s though; the 737-700 is already on order; the 737-800 is a mainstay. 737-900 ERs wouldn't shock me as a replacement of some 757s a few years down the line. 787s seem to be something that will be a when, not an if, as well.
DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1926 times:
Quoting AirplaneFan (Reply 1): Boeing 737-700
737-800 and 700 are definate (they already have the 800 and the 700 is on order)
the 737-900er, maybe, depending on when DL could get these they might wait for the 737RS, depending on when this comes out.
As much as i would like to see the 747 with DL, i don't think they need a plane that big
the 777LR is obvious because it is on order
I think DL will be one of the US carriers to order the 787-300, it would be a good replacement for 767's and some 757's on domestic routes, the 800 and 900 would be good for 767-400 (mainly the 800 model) and the less dense 777-200 routes (the 900 model)
I do think the 777-300 could work its way into DL's fleet for expansion (maybe)
CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1922 times:
I remember reading a few weeks ago that DL was looking for something in the 100 seat range such as the E-190. Any thoughts on that? It's too bad they didn't order 717s to keep that great aircraft family alive.