jagraham wrote:ContinentalEWR wrote:LAX772LR wrote:I will never understand this site (or the ridiculous Simple Flying's) membership's general obsession with the idea of DL as some used-aircraft hoarder, particularly widebodies.
DL's only had 9 CEOs in its history, and you have to go back literally halfway down that line (to Ron Allen, a quarter century ago) to find one whose team looked at CapEx on a used longhauler, and thought that that'd be a great way to spend money.
Sure things can change, and opportunities can arise.... but it's generally not their M.O., and they've been more than consistent with that through everything from the '90s Asian financial crisis, to 9/11, to the pre-Iraq era, through the '08 financial crunch, through the ensuing fuel insanity of the late '00s.
Since when was that ever an impediment to DL, particularly for longhaul?
DL isn't the carrier that was known for favoring older aircraft and refurbishing them down to the studs to keep them flying longer from a cost perspective. That was an NWA practice and some of it carried over into the merged company. NW refitted for instance the DC9-30s (or -50s, I don't remember the specific type) to a level where inside, they were basically 717s. DL applied a similar process with the A320/A319 refits a few years ago.
DL also did that with the 763s; ripped out the bins and seats, and put in new A330 like bins and the 1-2-1 J arrangement up front. DL is putting in D1 J seats on 764s that are similar to the other new D1s except for no door. They had just finished two reconfigurations of the 777s when they decided to park them. The A333s got D1. Plenty of reconfiguration and refurbishment of widebodies for DL; its just the purchase of used widebodies that is missing. However DL held off buying new also until 2 A339 orders and the A359 order; they had gone quite a while without buying a widebody before then.
Yes, Delta overhauled the entire 767-300ER fleet from nose to tail starting around 2010 or 2011. Those aren't A330 like bins. That is the after market Boeing Signature interior which UA also went for. AA did not, opting to just fix the cabin architecture at the front end of the 767. Delta overhauled the entire 777 fleet with the Delta One Suite, not just 2. Bt the time the 777 was parked for good at DL, all 18 units had the new interiors. The 777s were delivered in two batches and consisted of 2 models. The -200ERs began arriving in the late 1990s. The LRs (10 in total) were delivered starting around 2006.