Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian is currently weighing his options between Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320 as he is gearing up to order 75 or more single-aisle jets in a multi billion dollar deal
Bastian said Delta’s choice is a complex and critical decision, involving many people. It will be made only after a careful study of many factors and it won’t be a deal cloaked in secrecy.
“People sometimes think that these things are done in some back room parlor and deals get cut. Maybe some companies do it, but we don’t do it that way at all,” Bastian said. “We try to make sure everybody’s included and everybody has their opportunity to give their input. It’s a transparent process.”
Asked what factors will sway the airline’s decision, he said “Price is a very important factor. It’s not the only (one) by any means,” noting that product quality was another consideration.
Compared to Boeing, Airbus has suffered from mechanical issues with the Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines on its neo (new engine option) jets; But Bastian said it will not be factor to make his choice.