LJ wrote:klkla wrote:I just don't see the point in this. If Delta wants 350's that bad I'm sure they could get them on their own without Qatar's help. Unless Qatar is paying Delta to take them, which doesn't make sense either. Qatar could just defer them.
Unless QR doesn't need them anymore and doesn't want to pay any cancellation fee (if there is any).
Airlines do this all the time--in some cases the airlines/leasing companies that ran quickly to lock in new aircraft delivery slots were buying for two reasons -- to have jets for expansion and have slots to sell to other airlines that need aircraft but weren't willing to commit to large orders.
Also we don't know the exact deal. This could be QR selling jet delivery slots for jets it doesn't foresee needing in the next 5-7 years or it could be Airbus cutting a deal with QR to delay the QR delivery slots and selling new aircraft to DL.
Lest we not all forget that DL spent the Aughts selling 737NG slots it had from its "Exclusive vendor agreement" with Boeing from the 90s; talking delivery of very few of the 737s it had on order post 9/11.