05 October 2014

Delta evaluating A350-900 for replacing old Boeing 747s and 767s. Low prices and availability will be key.

Delta Air Lines has narrowed down its options for a planned widebody order to either the Airbus A350-900 or the Boeing 787-9, said chief executive Richard Anderson.

Source: Florent Peraudeau

“We’re in the process of either choosing a 787-9 or an A350-900. The important thing about that is that fleet is going to unlock the longer haul markets.”

Delta began evaluating options for an up to 50 widebody aircraft order to replace the 16 Boeing 747-400s and majority of the 58 Boeing 767-300ERs in its fleet in April. 

Source: Clement Alloing

Only aircraft currently offered by Airbus and Boeing were being considered; the Airbus A330-200/300, A350-900/1000 and Boeing 777-300ER and 787-8/9/10.

Source: Rami-kahanna-Prade

Delta is expected to make a decision in the fourth quarter and announce an order before the end of the year.

Based on the article “Delta focused on A350-900 and 787-9 for widebody order” published in FlightGlobal.

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