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Delta signs an agreement to add Airbus and Boeing Aircraft

Amy Cheribelle

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ATLANTA, GA- Delta has signed an agreement to add 29 used Boeing 737-900ERs and rent seven used Airbus A350-900s. More aircraft are added as they continue to streamline and modernize their fleet.

The aircraft will help to improve fuel efficiency and increase the customer experience when at the same time supporting Delta’s fleet renewal strategy. The strategy focuses on simplification, scale, size, as well as sustainability.

“These aircraft are an investment in Delta’s future,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

“As we look past the pandemic, Delta’s disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting our sustainability commitments,” he added.

The coronavirus pandemic gave a chance to simplify Delta's fleet. Delta can also accelerate retirements of 18 widebody 777s, and the MD-88 and MD-90 narrowbody fleets, which are older and less efficient.

The renewal of aircraft plays an important role in the recovery of Delta. It will assist position Delta for sustained profitability as well as future growth. A350, Delta’s flagship aircraft, offers a world-class customer experience, increases cargo capacity, lowers unit costs, as well as contributes to a more sustainable future.

As for the next-generation A350s, it can burn 21% less fuel per seat compared with the 777s they replace. Improved fuel efficiency is foremost to Delta’s ongoing efforts to lower its carbon emissions, as well as its Flight to Net-Zero.

In addition, Delta will rent the A350s through AerCap and buy 27 of the 737-900ERs with the funds that were managed by Castlelake. Meanwhile, the remaining two 737-900ERs will also be funded by Castlelake.

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