As much as DALPA hates the idea of this, the idea of the 764 and 777 fleet sent to the desert due to lack of pilots, which would seal bankruptcy and cost the airline hundreds of millions is an even worse prospect.
The current idea, from what I've heard is to allow pilots who are about to retire to collect their pension early, but to continue flying while replacements are being trained.
There are only 3 764 sims in the world -- one at ATL
, one owned by Boeing, and one at CO
. I doubt CO
is gonna loan out their sim to help Delta, but who knows.