PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:FLALEFTY wrote:MIflyer12 wrote:At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a LOT of new aircraft to bring down the fleet avg.
Two of the MD90's have been at QRO since the first of the year and were supposed be going through heavy maintenance. I imagine Delta told the contractor to stop work and it could be that they are currently not airworthy. There is also a MD90 stuck at MSP, condition unknown.
I wonder if the MD88 still at ATL won't be preserved for Delta's museum and not be sent to be broken up at BYH?
Given the advanced age of the A320 fleet and the fact that all 62 have been grounded since late-March, I'm wondering if Delta doesn't decide that to be their next subfleet to retire?
The A320 subfleet likely won’t be retired en masse like the MD88/90 fleet since there isn’t large structural / fixed cost reductions due to commonality with the A319 and A320. It would likely be more targeted toward frames at or near HMVs. Ones that have green time will likely come back at some point. Some may not though.
The large A321CEO and future 100+ A321NEO fleet innoculates the A320 and A319 from batch retirement. I agree, they will be some retired due to needing expensive maintenance at the wrong time. It will seem arbitrary, but based on short term cash flow some good frames might become so parted that they are scrapped earlier than less optimal frames. The soon to be 30 year old A320s had better not need expensive checks or they are doomed.