BAM! ATL the front runner!
I wouldn't get too excited.... could just as easily be a direct ATL-JFK-BOM that this person is "selling" as the airport "having service to ___"
Something that many airlines unfortunately and rather disingenuously do.
No, non-stop ATL-BOM is the frontrunner.
"Font runner" doesn't mean squat, until an actual decision is made.
There's nothing concrete about that.
I have no doubt that DL will take deliveries of A359ULRs someday for global expansion. Although they have the lift with the 777LRs now, and would be used again on ATL-BOM.
Why does DL need a ULR? Unless they want to also fly to places like SIN or do something like ATL-SYD, they are unlikely to pick up a ULR.
And even then, they're STILL unlikely to pick one up, as the -ULR can't do anything that a 280T standard A359 couldn't also perform-- unless
significant amounts of payload is swapped for fuel tankage.
That only works in super-high yielding markets (which the likes of ATL-SYD almost certainly would not be).
That's also the reason only one airline (SQ) has ever ordered the -ULR as it's currently offered.
I myself, suspect a more prosaic motive... ~Thranduil