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Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:10 pm

They have just over 30 757s according to planespotters, as of june 21, 2020 at 3:07 PM. Will Delta retire the 757? I mean, the 737/A321 can do over 90% of the 757 work, and Delta ordered the A321neo, which possibly can replace the international 757. There are only a few places in which the distance, elavation, or other factor makes the A320/737 unable to operate there. The 757 is really my favorite, and I have many memories aboard the DL 757s, and whether retired or not, I hope she will live on in Boeing's history.
 
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:19 pm

Yes.

All plane types will be retired.

Be more specific. Do you mean, will they be retired effective immediately? Retired at the end of the year? In 5 years? 10 years?
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:23 pm

Delta has around 33 active 757s and 94 stored ones. More 757s have been returning from storage in the past few weeks.

They will obviously be retired eventually, but if you mean accelerated retirement due to COVID-19, it's possible, but don't expect the entire fleet of 116 757-200s to be retired. Expect some subfleets to go first.
 
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:23 pm

I'm pretty sure they've got a heck of a lot more than 30. How many of them will return to service in the next 1-2 years is anyone's guess though. I would anticipate many of them continuing in the fleet. I wouldn't be surprised to see some new aircraft deferments, like the A321neo, in favor of keeping the 752/753 in service for a few more years. Yes, they are getting older, but they're a proven and reliable workhorse in the fleet. I would anticipate the 757 plugging away for as least a few more years.
 
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:29 pm

atcsundevil wrote:
I'm pretty sure they've got a heck of a lot more than 30. How many of them will return to service in the next 1-2 years is anyone's guess though. I would anticipate many of them continuing in the fleet. I wouldn't be surprised to see some new aircraft deferments, like the A321neo, in favor of keeping the 752/753 in service for a few more years. Yes, they are getting older, but they're a proven and reliable workhorse in the fleet. I would anticipate the 757 plugging away for as least a few more years.


It would be interesting to see a CASM comparison between the 753 and the 321NEO. I expect the 753 may come out ahead at today’s fuel prices.
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 7:36 pm

Cubsrule wrote:
atcsundevil wrote:
I'm pretty sure they've got a heck of a lot more than 30. How many of them will return to service in the next 1-2 years is anyone's guess though. I would anticipate many of them continuing in the fleet. I wouldn't be surprised to see some new aircraft deferments, like the A321neo, in favor of keeping the 752/753 in service for a few more years. Yes, they are getting older, but they're a proven and reliable workhorse in the fleet. I would anticipate the 757 plugging away for as least a few more years.


It would be interesting to see a CASM comparison between the 753 and the 321NEO. I expect the 753 may come out ahead at today’s fuel prices.

I expect the 753s to fly until the whole category is drawn down. Works perfectly for the DTW MSP ATL trunk routes. A321neo can absolutely see off most 752 flying, but I think the relatively young by 757 standards -300 have a niche use and lots of life.
 
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:22 pm

atcsundevil wrote:
I'm pretty sure they've got a heck of a lot more than 30. How many of them will return to service in the next 1-2 years is anyone's guess though. I would anticipate many of them continuing in the fleet. I wouldn't be surprised to see some new aircraft deferments, like the A321neo, in favor of keeping the 752/753 in service for a few more years. Yes, they are getting older, but they're a proven and reliable workhorse in the fleet. I would anticipate the 757 plugging away for as least a few more years.


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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:59 pm

Delta has a of late build 757s including the last five or so 757s built. Both Delta and Northwest ordered very late build 757s, including Northwest's 757-351s which are some of Delta' most profitable aircraft. The A321 is catching up to the 757-200 but has aways to go yet. As long as there are engines available along with the parts to keep them going Delta is going to fly them. There are many parts plane 757s in the desert Delta could use to keep some flying many years, especially the 757-351s, for up to ten years. The 757 is Delta's DC-9 and they will stay just like Northwest Airlines DC-9s did. Delta may be the last passenger airline to fly the 757. :old:
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:08 pm

It might be a little while. Right now during COVID-19, DL is still using the older (yet refurbished nose-to-tail) 757s on ATL-Florida routes where there is still demand. The ex-NW 752s still in the fleet are from 1996-2002 so I don't see them leaving either. DL has quite a few younger 757s from the late 1990s and early 2000s that will likely stick around. They also recently acquired some of the youngest 752s off the line from an Asian carrier which are from 2004-2005. The ex-NW 753s are all from the early 2000s, and I don't see them leaving either.

I would think some of the oldest legacy DL 757s from the early 1990s are most at risk for being retired. Even still, DL converted several of them to an NBA charter configuration (to replace the former NW 319s which flipped to DL mainline) and likely have lots of downtime. I also don't see them going anywhere either.

Recall DL recently retired the M88 and soon M90 fleet so they will likely need the 752's around for a bit. The downtime with COVID-19 and gradually having them re-enter the fleet only helps them out with keeping cycles down.
 
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Re: Will Delta retire the 757?

Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:17 pm

NWAROOSTER wrote:
Delta has a of late build 757s including the last five or so 757s built. Both Delta and Northwest ordered very late build 757s, including Northwest's 757-351s which are some of Delta' most profitable aircraft. The A321 is catching up to the 757-200 but has aways to go yet. As long as there are engines available along with the parts to keep them going Delta is going to fly them. There are many parts plane 757s in the desert Delta could use to keep some flying many years, especially the 757-351s, for up to ten years. The 757 is Delta's DC-9 and they will stay just like Northwest Airlines DC-9s did. Delta may be the last passenger airline to fly the 757. :old:


Thanks! (That was reassuring, I don't want those birds to go just yet. They are so elegant, respectable, and versataile.)

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