Delta to Retire Boeing 777 Fleet by End of 2020

By Kurt Stolz on 14 May 2020
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Delta Air Lines announced plans to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet by the end of the year amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes just weeks after the airline announced that it would retire its McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft.

In April, American Airlines said that it has “officially retired” its Boeing 767 and Embraer E190 fleets and will soon retire its remaining Airbus A330, Boeing 757, and Bombardier CRJ200 airliners.

The Boeing 777 joined Delta’s fleet in 1999.  It allowed the airline to open “new non-stop, ultra-long-haul markets that only it could fly at that time,” said Gil West, the airline’s chief operating officer.

The Triple Sevens, as they are known, are being replaced by new Airbus A350 aircraft that use 21% less fuel per passenger seat.

Delta currently operates a fleet of eight Boeing 777-200ERs and 12 Boeing 777-200LRs. The ER stands for extended-range and the LR stands for long-range.  Both have 28 fully lie-flat seats in the Delta One business-class cabin and 48 recliner seats in the premium economy section, in addition to over 200 coach seats with multiple configurations possible.

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