I would have a hard time believing it's going to be DL
, given their financial state and already massive fleet of 757s and 767s, only a fraction of which are approaching age in which a replacement should be acquired. I think Grinstein wants to maintain status quo for a while while everything is evaluated, then tweak the operation using existing assets, much like he is and has been doing already. Delta has a pretty good operation, but, more so than other carriers, in my opinion, they need to trim the fat.
Continental, on the other hand, cancelled remaining orders for 767 aircraft, for one to halt deliveries since they weren't planning on growing capacity, but also I'd speculate to wait around for the 7E7. Deliveries would be at a time CO
will resume expansion in long-haul markets, and this aircraft fits right into their fleet plan and long-term goals. I'm sure Gordon is going to want to get a major deal done with Boeing by the time he retires as CEO this coming December, perhaps to leave a final imprint on the company as his illustrious tenure closes.
is a candidate as well, but I don't know if I can really see it, especially with forthcoming A330-200 deliveries.
It all remains to be seen, but I'd put my money on Continental being the North American launch of the 7E7.