Delta Air Lines, which has yet to take delivery of 17 Airbus A330-900s and six Airbus A350-900s from previous purchases, is reportedly in the process of ordering a new batch of Airbus twin-aisle aircraft.
Replacing Boeing 767s and Airbus A330-200/300s
Delta Air Lines continues to work on replacing its aging Boeing 767s and is preparing to replace its Airbus A330-200s and A330-300s, which are starting to age. The 11 A330-200s are not far from 20 years old and the 10 A330-300s in full possession are approaching 15 years of loyal service. As for the Boeing 767-300ER and 767-400, with 45 and 21 respectively on the fleet register, the 20-year mark has been largely passed and for the 767-300ERs we are not far from 30 years old.
A theoretical potential of 87 aircraft to buy and/or lease
At Air & Cosmos, we like to add up and so this gives a theoretical potential of 87 twin-aisle aircraft to buy and/or lease. And to these 87, we have to add 21 A330-300s which are under lease, just like the 11 A330-200s. These aircraft will be "released" as the lease contracts expire. In short, from 87, we go to 87 + 21 A330-300s = 108.
Still 17 Airbus A330-900s and 6 A350-900s to be received
Except that Delta Air Lines still has 17 Airbus A330-900s and 6 A350-900s from previous orders to be received (at the end of April). As a result, we're back to a potential new tranche of 80 twin-aisle aircraft for the replacement part only, but we have to plan for a growth or development part with a theoretical potential of about 30 additional aircraft. And there we cross the 100 mark again :)
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