flee wrote:mxaxai wrote:KMCOFlyer wrote:Yes but DL is going to eventually need to order a smaller narrow body replacement. Looking at the current fleet retirement projections, DL has no planned replacements for the MD-88s/90, 717s, and A320s most are 20+ years old and will need replacement soon. Might as well put orders in now to take advantage of deals and have delivery set up to be positioned when demand returns.
That's what the A220 is for. They can order more when the time comes. I think DL will easily become the largest operator of the type.
DL will be taking deliveries of their first A220-300s soon - I think their A220s will fit in with the new normal for the smaller aviation industry. One thing most airlines will find out - deliveries from the OEMs will be quicker because their backlog has been trimmed due to order cancellations. The need to rush to order will not be necessary. Besides, if need be, they can just hold on to their existing fleet for just a little while longer.
Wouldn’t be surprised a bit to see a bunch of the older 319/320s go in the not too distant future. A223 makes the older 319s a bit redundant given smaller will be better for a while. As things pick up a bit grab some new A320Neos at a good price to fill the gap to the 321s. The long range 321s can do Hawai’i from the west coast and hopping the pond in a narrowbody is over. 753 might be the right plane for a while when the larger markets open up a bit. Maybe. Really wish there was a plane in this space between the 75 and 76. I see a 763 dumping in the not too distant future as well if international doesn’t bounce back in at least some meaningful way. Use the -400s for Hawaii, they can hit Hawai’i from all the hubs with that.
I’m sure they are grinding away looking at the entire network. May not be a bad time to scuttle or significantly downsize MSP, then boost SLC to hit the Midwest with the 220’s from the west and cover the same area through DTW from the East. Criss cross the area in between for the markets that are big enough. A220, if used at SLC would work really well for coverage.
Then again, this thing goes on much longer I don’t think any plans will matter much for a really long time.