Delta to Retire B777, MD90 and MD88 Fleets, Simplifying Widebody Fleet Amid COVID-19
Delta will retire the MD-88 and MD-90 aircraft earlier than previously planned, with both aircraft types exiting the fleet effective June 2020. The accelerated retirement schedule of both aircraft is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as we reduced capacity systemwide.
In addition Delta plans to retire its 18 widebody Boeing 777s by the end of 2020. The retirement will support the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernize its fleet, while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft.
Delta will continue flying its fleet of long-haul next generation Airbus A350-900s, which burn 21% less fuel per seat than the 777s they will replace.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 situation, Delta has reacted quickly by parking aircraft and considering early aircraft retirements to reduce operational complexity and cost. To date, the airline has parked more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft to adjust capacity to match reduced customer demand.
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