Anyone know what happened to N334NW (A320)? It's been sitting in MSP for almost two weeks.
I don't know, but I'm confident DL will have a few A320 retirements within the next 12 months. I wonder if this frame has hit a heavy check.
For perhaps the last several months, Wikipedia has had Delta resuming A320 retirements in 2021 (and 757-200 retirements in 2020). True, one needs to take Wiki with a grain of salt...if not a salt block. Furthermore, neither the A320 nor the 752 retirement statements on Delta's Wiki page are supported by any references. Otherwise, the general consensus seems to be that DL has no A320s scheduled for retirement. That said, things of course can quickly change. Of the seven DL A320s retired to the scrappers in 2017, at least some of them had just received brand new cabins when they were rather suddenly phased out. Anybody know why these seven were retired, especially those that had the new interiors? Too many cycles? Some of the planes suddenly not having their leases renewed?
One question is how fast or slow the oldest DL A320s reach or at least approach the "cycle out" point of 60,000 FC. Lufthansa recently retired their oldest A320 (a 1989 build) which had just shy of 57,000 cycles; it reportedly would not have been cost effective to do another heavy check only to fly it a short time until it ran out of cycles. LH will retire several more A320s by the end of this year. Lufthansa had originally wanted to start retiring their oldest A320s sooner, but kept them a little longer due to A320NEO delivery delays.
N309US, a 1990 bird, is the oldest surviving Delta A320. IIRC, it is (or was) still south of 50,000 cycles. However, N309US and a couple of other NW/DL A320s spent part of the last recession in desert storage thus obviously preserving hours/cycles.
I have not gone to the effort to find other more vintage DL A320s still in service that continued flying during the recession, so does anybody know the current highest cycle DL A320s?