Delta made a commitment to lease ten (10) of the ex-TW/AA PW
powered 757s......the court must approve the transaction and its likely they will, this type of leasing deal will have minimal impact on DL
's finances and DL
can certainly put the airplanes to good use. The ex-TW 757s can be used for ETOPS operations (AA did not maintain the TW
752s to ETOPS standards, but DL
can fix that) but its still unclear exactly what missions the ex-TW 752s will have at Delta.......some think that the airplanes will fly shorter thin transatlantic routes primarily from JFK
, others think that DL
needs the capacity in its domestic fleet and could use the ex-TW 757s on domestic and maybe Hawaii runs and thereby free up additional 767s for longhaul services. There was some talk about DL
developing a BizElite interior for the 757, which could indicate tranatantic services, but it could also mean that this group of 757s will fly longer range routes from ATL
to Latin America. To be honest, no one knows for sure (probably DL
itself is still studying its options and possibilities) and we will have to wait and see.
There is a second part to this story.....beyond the ten (10) airplanes discussed, there are another 7 or 8 ex-TW 752s in the AA
fleet....many think that DL
will acquire those as well but so far there has been no news on that front.
strategy is probably to act conversatively until it can resolve any remaining financial issues, focus on emerging from bankruptcy (I think that DL
still hopes to be done by the end of this year) and then we will hear much more concerning additions to the DL