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User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 13
Posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3401 times:
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Just saw this on Yahoo Business. Anybody know which aircraft are being accepted and which deferred?

Delta Air Trims 2002, 2003 Fleet Plans
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines(NYSE:DAL - news) on Thursday trimmed its fleet growth plans for this year and 2003 to counter the weak economy and slump in demand that battered the aviation industry after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Delta, the nation's third-largest airline, said it would take delivery of 13 new aircraft over this year and 2003, but would defer delivery of 39 aircraft out of 52 planned deliveries over that time. Deliveries of deferred aircraft have been moved to 2004 and beyond.

The airline also said it plans to accelerate retirement of its entire fleet of 50 Boeing(NYSE:BA - news) 727 aircraft from early 2005 to late 2003.

Most U.S. airlines have reduced capacity by deferring orders and parking older planes as they struggle to match fleets to the weaker demand for travel.

Delta, which buys jetliners exclusively from Boeing Co.(BA.N), took delivery of 38 Boeing aircraft in 2001, including 27 narrowbody 737 aircraft. The airline has firm orders for another 74 Boeing jets, including 65 737 aircraft.

Delta shares were down 69 cents, or 2.32 percent, to $29.01 during Thursday afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites).

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User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3307 times:
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Why is everyone so uninterested in this topic? I found the answer to my question about the types Delta will accept on Air Tranport World Online:

"Under the revised schedule the airline will take a total of eight 737-800s, 767-400s and 777s this year instead of the planned 24. Next year it will take five 737-800s instead of 28. The deferred aircraft are moved "to 2004 and beyond." Delta took a total of 38 aircraft in 2001, including 11 in late Dec. that now will be introduced to speed the 727 phaseout."

Delta's 777 total will be up to 8... I'm a little surprised that they never ordered more of them (before 9/11) for quicker delivery so as to be able to retire the MD-11s.

User currently offlineSteman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1405 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

I wan not uninterested in the topic, I was just waiting for you or someone else to write which airplanes Delta will get next year.

So, just one more 777? I think it's because the problem they had with pilots unions.
And I always thought that European State lead carriers like Air France and Alitalia were the one heavily unionized........(is it a case that AF, AZ and DL are in the same alliance?).



User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3233 times:
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Delta was forced to defer a number of its 777s a few years ago when it couldn't easily reach an agreement with its pilots about pay levels for 777 flying time. However, this issue was resolved some time before 9/11. Delta is slated to receive more 777s, but only some time after 2003.

The 8 777s + 15 MD-11s operated by Delta doesn't make for a particularly large fleet of flagship aircraft. In fact, these fleets are dwarfed by Delta's 100+ fleet of 767s.

User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3224 times:
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Further details, this time from delta.com:

Delta will accelerate the planned retirement of its entire Boeing 727 fleet from early 2005 to late 2003. The B727s will rotate out of service as the new aircraft enter. Delta has fifty B727s. This action strengthens Delta’s fleet renewal plan and allows for immediate operating cost benefits to be realized while maintaining capacity targets for 2002.

Deferring delivery of some aircraft is an important component of Delta’s program to control capital spending in the current challenging business environment while continuing to modernize its fleet for improved operating costs and better customer service. Deliveries of the deferred aircraft now are moved to 2004 and beyond.

Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, Delta took title of 11 aircraft in late December 2001. These aircraft will be transitioned into Delta’s network schedule throughout 2002 and will be used as replacement aircraft to begin funding the accelerated 727 retirement schedule. Total aircraft deliveries in 2001 were 38.

I imagine that the 11 aircraft of which Delta took title in Dec. are separate aircraft from those which it will accept in 2002 and 2003.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2625 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3142 times:

I heard the 727 fleet will be down to 10 by Dec 1, and gone by May 03.

As for the 777. After 7008 our next firm delivery is Mar 04. That is the last firm order. We have options for seven more I think. This date is from before the announcement so it may have changed.

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