Probably has implications for its network:
"Delta has decided to retire the company’s Boeing 717-200 aircraft and the remainder of its 767-300ER aircraft by December 2025 and its CRJ-200 aircraft byDecember 2023, earlier than previously scheduled. These plans are another step in Delta’s fleet simplification strategy, which is intended to streamline and modernize Delta’s fleet, enhance the customer experience, and generate cost savings"https://ir.delta.com/financials/sec-fil ... d=14409556
My takes on the impact on each fleet retirement on the network:
CRJ-200 - this will likely be the largest impact, simply due to the number of current CR2-only stations. I'd guess DL will be pulling out of a number of small airports as these leave the fleet
. In other cases we'll probably see frequency reduction with upgauges to 70-seaters. More headwinds for the CVG and RDU focus city operations.
717-200 - likely not much impact on the network. Some cities will undoubtedly see fewer mainline flights as a result, but A220s and 319s could be used to cover routes where the volume continues to support mainline capacity. I don't see many/any routes getting dropped entirely as a direct result of these retirements.
767-300ER - somewhere in between the above two in impact. We'll unfortunately likely see a long-term pullback from some thinner TATL routes. However, I do wonder what the difference in trip cost is between a 763 with 210 passengers and a 339 with 210 passengers on the same route... Maybe not that huge at the end of the day due to the more efficient fuel burn of the 339. There's also the possibility of moving 332s down to the thinner 763 routes and covering the 332 routes with 339s. At the end of the day, I think any impact on the long haul network due to the 763 retirements will be more a function of the total number of widebodies DL has left than due to any sort of capacity/performance gap that was uniquely filled by the 763.
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