First- When will we see DL's MD-11s start to get the new color scheme? No need to post anything about "They are retiring them tomorrow so they wont get the new colors" since we KNOW that the MD-11s will be around for 6-9 more years. I am looking for a DL employee in the know who has seen or has heard when the first MD-11 will go to the paint shop (and get its C check).
Also- another question/ comment about DL's long haul fleet.
The 777-200s currently in the fleet seem to be all we will see, I think there is one more to be delivered but no more on the books. The 777s and MD-11s have very similar range capabilities with the 777s having a slight edge in range yet slight disadvantage in capacity (especially cargo). The new 767-400s cant match the range or either 777 or MD-11 OR the 767-300ER, so they wont be able to do the super long legs that MD-11s and 777-200ERs currently do. With only 8 777s (I think, maybe its 7) and 15 MD-11s, how can DL compete with the much larger long haul fleets of their domestic competetors? The 767-400 is not a true long haul airliner unless its gets a boost in range.
One solution- tell me what you think: With a fully developed MX program for the MD-11 (doing their own MX plus other carriers MD-11 MX) might Delta look at some additional MD-11s coming into the 2nd hand market like the former City Bird/ Sabena ships that as far as I know arent yet earmarked for FED-EX or UPS? There will undoubtedly be more MD-11s available in the coming years and with the crew, maintenance and track record that DL has with their MD-11s, why not add a few to the fleet?