Only Airbus Orders Are Left For Delta Air Lines.
Delta Air Lines has reached a new milestone. The last Boeing 737-900ER Delta had on order has been delivered. For the foreseeable future, every aircraft on order is an Airbus aircraft. This is a huge development since Delta used to be a major Boeing customer. However, it is likely that Delta will take delivery of new Boeing aircraft in the next decade.
Delta has taken delivery of its last 737-900ER on order. Photo: Delta
Delta ordered 737-900ERs as part of a fleet renewal plan. These aircraft were to replace aging members of the fleet, including some MD-80/90s, as well as to add capacity on several routes. As modern aircraft, these planes were popular with passengers. Every seat has access to seatback entertainment as well as power.
Every seat on Delta’s 737-900ERs has power access. Photo: Delta
Onboard, Delta has 20 seats in First Class, 21 Delta Comfort+, and 139 seats in economy class. This is a grand total of 180 seats.
Delta and Airbus
After merging with Northwest Airlines, Delta soon began to take interest in Airbus aircraft. This included ordering the A330-900neo and A350-900 while canceling an order for 787s inherited through the merger. In a big blow to Boeing, Delta chose to go with additional A321neos over the 737 MAX– a decision that is now working well for them.
Delta has taken a fancy to A321 aircraft since merging with Northwest. Photo: Delta
Recently, Delta has also fallen in love with the A220. The A220 is the newest narrowbody aircraft in Delta’s fleet. Delta is using the A220s to improve their offerings on several routes currently served by Delta Connection. Boeing took issue with this order when the aircraft was known as the Bombardier CSeries, however, Delta won the day and has even expanded their A220 order.
50 years of Airbus – a reflection
Delta has a large A220 order book. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr
Boeing has tried to make the 737 MAX appealing to Delta. Unfortunately for Boeing, Delta never had an interest in ordering the 737 MAX. Thus, the 737-900ER will be the last new Boeing delivery, for now.
The last Boeing delivery
Airways Magazine reports that Delta has taken delivery of their last 737-900ER on order. From this point on, Delta only has Airbus aircraft on order.
This is likely going to be Delta’s last new delivery from Boeing for several years. From the mid-2020s, should the timeline work for Boeing, Delta will likely be one of the first airlines to take the new 797. Unsurprisingly, Delta has taken a huge interest in the 797 as a 757 and 767 replacement. Should Boeing launch the aircraft, Delta will be highly likely to order it, with entry into service in the mid-2020s.
For now, this represents an end to an era. Delta previously preferred Boeing for aircraft orders. Now, it looks like Airbus is getting a load of love from Delta.