Lootess wrote:WidebodyPTV wrote:Lootess wrote:
Yep, Ed is on-record wanting to be the first on the NMA line.
No, he's not. Bastian has never made any comments in official capacity regarding the extent of DL's interest in the NMA. He has played the PR circuit, in response to questions about DL's recent Airbus orders, and said 'we have nearly 200 757 and 767 up for replacement, the ball's in Boeing's court.' Of course, DL has 128 A321 and 49 A339/A350 on order, many of which will logically replace the B757 and B767, making a big dent in that 200 number. Let's put some numbers into perspective:
- DL has 64 B757 that entered service after its first B738; collectively, these aircraft are slightly younger than DL's original 71 B738.
- 32 A330 were originally delivered to NW. The last 32 B767 delivered to DL average just over 4.5 years older. These aircraft are younger than the entire B77E fleet.
Let's recap: DL has stated on multiple occasions the economics of narrowbody and short capacity widebodies needed to be evaluated, as labor costs continue to swell. DL has 121 A321 and 49 A339/A350 scheduled for delivery within the next five years or so -- the latter support DL's weariness of short capacity widebodies, as most of these aircraft will undoubtedly replace B763. DL has over 100 B757 and B767 that, status quo, will fly through or close to the end of the decade. And yet the logic on a.net is that the reason DL doesn't have a replacement on the books yet is because there's no suitable replacement? DL's already picked the A321 and A339/A359 to replace the aircraft nearing the end of their service life...
I don't get it. I guess it's Boeing fanboyism at its best -- ignoring facts, logic and reason, cradling to wishful thinking...
Here is what you don't get:Delta Air Lines and Boeing have discussed the possibility of the carrier launching the proposed New Mid-market Airplane (NMA), as Delta seeks a replacement for more than 100 ageing mid-market aircraft.
"We've had discussions with Boeing about being a potential launch customer," says Ed Bastian, chief executive of Delta, at the National Press Club in Washington DC today.
While I tend to think DL will jump at the NMA fast, the support you provided is in no way the equivalent of saying DL wants to be first. He said they were discussing the "potential" (not wanting to be, just potential) to be a "launch customer." Launch customer doesn't mean first, it means buying at launch.