A couple of points from a Delta 777 addict:
As of today, Delta currently has 5 B777s flying the line. Ship 7005 (N864DA), christened The Soaring Spirit II, is currently sitting in SLC. This aircraft will be running a series of JFK-SLC charters for the duration of the Winter Olympic Games.
Ship 7002 (N861DA) is currently in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delta, in partnership with Boeing, flew 7002 down there to demonstrate the aircraft to South African. Unfortunately, Delta is in talks with SA about selling Ship 7008 and leasing Ships 7001 and 7002 to South African on a 36 month lease. Yesterday, 7002 suffered an engine surge and aborted the takeoff run on the first demonstration flight of the day. We still don't know when it will be possible to fly 7002 back to ATL and get the bird into the TechOps Center to be looked at.
The silver lining, if there is any, is that the deal, which by most accounts was a longshot at best, now appears to be all but dead. South African has announced that it is not interested in rescheduling with Boeing and/or Delta to make up the demonstration flights, and Airbus is said to be offering a sweetheart deal on the A340-600s that were meant for the Flightlease deal with Swissair. So it is very possible--maybe even likely--that Delta will end up taking delivery of Ship 7008 in March and operating the bird as originally planned, if for no other reason than their inability to remarket the aircraft.
As of today, Delta's B777s are scheduled on 2 daily MCO turns from ATL, 1 daily ATL-CDG roundtrip, 1 daily ATL-LGW roundtrip, 1 daily ATL-MAN roundtrip, and 1 daily CVG-CDG roundtrip.
As of April 7, Delta's B777s are scheduled on:
This of course is contingent on the airline taking delivery of Ship 7008 and operating the aircraft in revenue service as well as not leasing out any of the seven B777s currently operating in revenue service for Delta.
Delta currently does not have any B777 at TIMCO in GSO undergoing interior reconfiguration. In the wake of the September 11 Disaster, it was decided that the interior modifications could be put aside until Delta's financial situation is stabilized. Ship 7002 is currently in a 50J 218Y 3-3-3 configuration with overhead crew rest areas for both the flight deck and cabin crews. Ship 7008 will be delivered in a 50J 218Y 3-3-3 configuration but without the crew rest areas, which will have to be installed at a later time, should Delta keep the aircraft as part of the fleet. The remaining 6 B777s will remain in the 52J 225Y 2-5-2 configuration until they are sent one-by-one to GSO for the interior mods.
Despite the possibility of leasing some aircraft and the reality of suspending work on the interior modifications to existing aircraft, Delta management has made it very clear to us that they are committed to the B777 program at Delta Air Lines and that we will be operating at least 12 B777s by 2005 and that the interior mods by TIMCO will go forward once Delta's financial situation is stabilized.
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