|Quoting SCAT15F (Reply 7):|
My guess would be 747-8's to replace the 747-400's...
Very nice suggestion, I hope it comes true. It would be sad to not have one American carrier flying the 747 any longer.
|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):|
The biggest hint is in this sentence, "Purchasing the jets would bridge Delta’s wide-body needs until the end of the decade … "
If this order will be to cover expected retirements, I'd give the A330 the nod as it's a lighter jet, and there's nothing on the horizon to be retired in the 747/777 fleets by the end of the decade that I'm aware of.
If this order will be for expansion, I'd expect the order to go to the 777
If indeed they are trying to bridge a gap between now and 2020, and no 744's or 777's are scheduled before 2020, then my assumption is that DL
wants a direct 767 replacement, therefore I'd expect A330's, even though I think DL
is ripe for the 77W.
|Quoting jetjack74 (Reply 25):|
If you want to be more realistic, add SEA-ICN, SEA-HKG, and SEA-LHR and delete the others and you'll have the most likely new routes.
I think you are right, if International expansion is indeed the reason for some new widebodies, then I'd expect DL
will start building up their Seattle hub. I know they have SEA
with Skyteam on KE
, If DL
does send it's own metal it will likely be a 767 or 330, at least at first, that is hard to compete with those carriers flying larger 777 or 747 aircraft.
The same idea for SEA
wants to operate a 777, BA
will always have the upper hand on the route with a 744, twice daily during the summer. But DL
would likely start with a 763 or 330 for LHR
, and once again how well does DL
stack up vs BA
on this route? I think this was in part the issue with the first attempt SEA
, the other being the flight times.
, I think DL
would start with a 77L or 744, just due to the flight distance, but also the cargo possibilities.
Since there is no direct competition on this route, it could be a winner, however it has been flown by United on DC-10-30's and again by NW
on 747's in the past, and it's still vacant, I think there must be a reason why.
It's my understanding that these new aircraft would help bridge a gap of retiring 767's and new aircraft delivery next decade.