“Delta Air Lines took delivery of its very last factory-fresh Boeing aircraft—the 130th 737-900(ER) to join its fleet. From now on, what used to be one of Boeing’s largest customers, has only scheduled for delivery brand-new Airbus planes.” posted on Airwaysmag.
Delta placed orders for 100 Boeing 737-900(ER)s in August 2011, further 20 in December 2015, and 10 more in April 2017.
“Delta’s newest, and last 737-900(ER), also happens to be one of the final 737 Next Generation aircraft to be produced at Boeing’s final assembly in Renton, Washington.” Airwaysmag added.
This is the first time, Delta momentarily closed its doors for Boeing. Today, the airline operates a fleet of 530 Boeing planes out of its total fleet of 930 jets.
According to Airwaysmag, Back in December 2017, Delta struck placed an order for 100 Airbus A321neos with 100 in options.
“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees, and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
Delta had been reportedly debating on whether to place an order for the Boeing 737 MAX or the Airbus A321neo, and decided to go with Airbus jets.
Boeing’s delay in launching new mid-market (NMA) aircraft, and “Delta’s choice for the A321neo confirmed that the Middle of the Market (MoM) segment is practically owned by Airbus and its new A321neo program.”
From now on, Delta has zero Boeing planes in its order backlog, with a future all painted in Airbus colors.
— Enrique Perrella (@Enrique77W) July 10, 2019