First of all, most of Delta's A310's were ex-PA. There were a couple that they purchased that were already set up for PA delivery, IIRC. Other than that, no Airbus has ever been in Delta livery and probably never will be.
I would say that Boeing is the largest Delta creditor, in addition with AMEX being a close second. Which suits both just fine, since Delta has been a Boeing operator for a very long time and there is no planned end to that.
|Quoting VgnAtl747 (Reply 2):|
part of me thinks that Delta might have missed the boat on 787 delivery slots, and I wonder if Boeing might try to push them to another type as an interim solution until the 787's can be delivered.
I wouldn't say that, but Delta learned its lesson from being a launch customer for an aircraft type from the MD
-11. Promises, promises, promises, and none were ever lived up to. From now on, I think you will always see Delta say, "Let's see how it works for everyone else, and then we will make up our mind."
|Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 7):|
While they are a Boeing operator now, in the past the term "Fly Delta Jets" was synonymous with McDonnell/Douglas aircraft. There are still many MDD loyalists who hope DL will fly their MD-88/90 aircraft like NW has their DC-9s and try and get a second life out of them just to keep the Douglas heritage alive at DL.
|Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 8):|
They were a douglas customer with the DC-8 and DC-9. Delta then switched allegiance to Lockheed when they ordered the L1011. That was a bit of a shock. Delta overall has been a Douglas company, but they merged with Boeing.
Correct. Delta's founder C.E. Woolman was a good friend of Donald Douglas. Whenever Mr. Woolman wanted to make an airplane order, he would invite Douglas to drop by and they would work out an order over a bottle of brandy(pretty good deal if you ask me). A contract was never signed, as Mr. Woolman's hearty handshake was his bond. And when Douglas would go into work on Monday morning, he would set up the order for Delta. After Mr. Woolman's death, it fell into a more traditional ordering process, but Delta always stuck with MD
until they started to slip from the industry. Delta fell into the traditional legacy trick in the 70's by ordering 747's in order to "Keep up with the Joneses." Everyone was ordering them, they were the hype of the time, so they were purchased. By this time, Delta already had made orders with Douglas(DC-10), Boeing(747), and Lockheed(L1011). Eventually, only the L-1011 became the big winner for Delta with Delta being the largest operator of the type. Now, time has progressed, Lockheed is out of the airline game(mainly because of the almost L-1011 disaster), McDonnell-Douglas has been absorbed by Boeing, and the only other option is Airbus. I think we can rest assured that Boeing is losing no sleep over who Delta will order their aircraft from in the future.
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