|Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 23):|
I wouldn't rule out a DL Airbus order, either... maybe Airbus will give the widget airline exit financing (a la US) in exchange for a big order of A320, A330, and A350/370 jets.
I doubt it, I don't think Airbus has enough money (due to A-350/A-370/A-380 engineering/production problems) to give DL
for BK exiting. DL
will drive a much harder deal than US did, time is on DL
's side here. Now, Boeing might be an option, they have money to use for a DL
exit from BK.
If the B-767 line is still open, I see DL
ordering more B-767-400ERs as well as the B-777-200LR. These will be enough to sustain and increase DL
international routes, and if they open a SYD
route, they will need the B-777-200LR. The B-787 order will come later.
I see DL
also beginning to retire the non-ER B-767-300s within the next year, or so.
For the NB
aircraft, I see DL
staying with the B-737-800, but will add winglets to any new orders. They may or may not take the ex-TW B-757-200s from AA
when those leases expire. I can see a bidding war from other airlines as the used B-757-200 market is still in high demand, DL
will simply be out bid on these aircraft. DL
will, most likely order the E-170/E-190/E-195, as well as the B-737-700 with winglets. The MD
-90s will be retired at the earliest time as these 14 aircraft are a maintenance drain on DL
, because of the small fleet. The MD
-90s will be replaced with additional B-737-800s. The B-737-200 and B-737-300 will be replaced by the B-737-700, but the Boeing Y-1 will become the DL NB
of the future, as DL
may become a launch customer. About the time the Y-1 is launched, is about the time DL
will start to consider a MD
Ten years from now, I see DL
with just 3 different WBs, the B-767-400ER, B-777-200ER/LR, and the B-787-900. The NB
fleet will also be just 3 types, the E-170/-190, The B-737-700/-800, and the Y-1.