DeSpringbokke wrote:So what is Delta going to do with these additional 14 A350s? I doubt they’ll be doing any South American flying unless launch LAX-Deep South America, which I expect they’ll at least be flying LAX-GRU. A mix of the A333/A339s will likely comprise most of Delta’s Deep South America flights after this is approved. The A350s take over the West Coast-Asia flying that Delta initially intended? Also, Delta will take four A359s from LATAM starting at the end of next year. LATAM had ten A35Js on order. No mention by Bastian of whether Delta will convert the A35J order into the A359s. Noted that Airbus really needs to build more A35Js. What happens to the deferred 10 A359s? If I remember correctly, these aircraft can be converted to other orders. Perhaps Delta converts them into additional A339s? Mentioned earlier, how will the additional 14 A350s affect Delta’s aircraft retirement schedule? They are too big to be 763 replacements unless Delta continues to do some serious upgauging. This assumes the 777 fleet isn’t going anywhere before 2025.
I agree with this assessment. 39 is too many 350s for DL. I think the last 10 already coming in will be replacing the 777ERs. They could be replacements for the LR as well, but not by 2025. The 350s main purpose it to fly missions the 339 cannot. Or at least not as efficiently.
It would be interesting to see a few 350-1000s onboarded, but there are limited markets in which the extra size would make sense for DL. Be great to see, but I suspect that part of these orders will be deferred, or replaced with 339s. Perhaps even more 321NEOs.
As far as being 767 replacements, no way.