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Delta Air Lines to retire Boeing 777 fleet as coronavirus crushes demandDelta Air Lines said Thursday that it will retire its fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft and remove them from service by the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The air carrier’s decision to retire the 18 Boeing jets comes shortly after it announced that it would retire its fleet of aging single-aisle MD-90 aircraft. (www.foxbusiness.com) More...
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Actually I just realized Delta operated the LR version which is a decade newer than the original 777-200. That makes this even more puzzling.
Some detailed "optimization" scenarios must have been conducted whose results filtered upwards to management for this decision? Perhaps some details will "leak" for us to understand the numbers with some confidence level.
They have a mix of -200LR’s and Trent 892 powered -200ER’s. Those are from the late 90’s to early 2000’s, so I felt they would have a shorter time left. The LR’s arrived around 2008. What a pathetic shame.
777's aren't even that old or inefficient. I can understand MD80's, but unless their 777 fleet consists of all the original models from 1994, it seems premature.
During these times, regardless of airline or age of the fleet, cash is king with the bean counters calling the shots at this point in time. Full stop. No use looking at it from a "premature" perspective, this has little to do with frames and much to do with surviving a once in a lifetime crisis.
Nine of these nineteen aircraft are already in storage...just FYI.