Delta to Retire Boeing 717 and 767-300 Fleets Earlier Than Expected

By Kurt Stolz on 26 September 2020
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A Boeing 717-200 in Delta livery at JFK

Delta Air Lines said in a regulatory filing that it will retire its Boeing 717 and 767-300ER fleets earlier than it had originally expected to amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in travel.

The Atlanta-based carrier also plans to retire its Bombardier CRJ200 earlier than planned

The airline, which has 54 767-300ERs and 91 717-200s as well as said the move was part of its fleet simplification strategy.

“Delta has decided to retire the company’s Boeing 717-200 aircraft and the remainder of its 767-300ER aircraft by December 2025 and its CRJ-200 aircraft by December 2023, earlier than previously scheduled,” the carrier said in Form 8-K filing on September 23, 2020. “These plans are another step in Delta’s fleet simplification strategy, which is intended to streamline and modernize Delta’s fleet, enhance the customer experience, and generate cost savings.”

The carrier also has 21 Boeing 767-400ER aircraft in its fleet which are not yet scheduled for retirement as well as 1111 Boeing 757s which share the same cockpit design as the 767, allowing for a common pilot type rating.

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