|Quoting seabosdca (Reply 88):|
This strikes me as absurd. It's the same sort of wishful Boeing-fanboy rumor that spread around the time of the DL-NW merger, when you had posters on this site saying that DL was going to sell off all its A320s and A330s and announce a multibillion-dollar order for new 737s and 787s. Delta just ordered the A350s after an extensive RFP process with lots of analysis, and the A350s are the perfect product for the airline's Pacific network.
The rumor of used 77Es is not as absurd, although I'd still bet against it. But they would be gap-fillers to provide cheap flex long-haul capacity while waiting for the next order for large widebodies, which could be additional A350s or 787-10s.
I think you have put it very eloquently. I cannot conceive DL would cancel the A359 order. The A359s are pivotal for their Asia needs/strategy. I suppose we will also see them flying to SYD, JNB, DXB.
I agree with you too that DL might want to procure from some other carrier or from a lessor some old 77Es. This would not surprise me, but this would be to address some shorter-term needs as you well said.
|Quoting northwestEWR (Reply 98):|
They're too big and too heavy for the vast majority of Delta's 763ER missions. They need an airplane that carries 200-230 people. Right now, the only option is the 788 since the A330/A350 will be close to 300 pax.
So, just to summarize, the A339NEOs will be mostly used for European routes, while the A359s will be used for Asian routes, right? I suppose we are all waiting to find out what DL is planning for the thinner European routes and for South American flights. It will be interesting to see whether DL goes for 788s, for A338NEOs, for A332s with the higher MTOW, or what. I would not be surprised to see DL keep the ex-NW A332s, together with the 764ERs and the newer 763ERs for a long time to serve these markets. A new order might not come as soon as we would all hope for.