New planes to replace retiring mainline jets from second half of 2013
Delta Air Lines has announced plans to buy 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2018 as it retires older mainline jets and upgrades its fleet. The order will enable the airline to add fuel-efficient, state-of-the-art 180-seat aircraft to its fleet, replacing on a capacity-neutral basis older technology aircraft that will be retired from the fleet. The airline says that the aircraft will improve profitability while providing customers with a new onboard experience.
Delta will begin taking deliveries of the aircraft in the second half of 2013, with 12 planes in 2013, 19 per year in 2014 through 2017 and the remaining 12 aircraft in 2018. As a result of maintenance efficiencies and a 15 to 20 percent improvement in fuel consumption per seat, the Boeing 737-900ER will, according to Delta, have lower unit costs than the older technology Boeing 757 and 767 and Airbus A320 aircraft that it will replace.