Was planning on posting this earlier today as someone claimed it was internally released by Delta, which needed a bit more verification, but it looks like it’s out as onemileatatime is now covering it.
Delta will keep its 717s through 2030 and will install personal televisions at every seat.
- Delta currently has 91 717 aircraft and will keep all through 2030.
- Delta will install PTVs at every seat, which they claim will cost $70 million.
- The 717s are around 20 years old, so once they retire they’ll be 30+.
In my opinion, this is amazing. Delta continues to refurbish aircraft with refreshed seats and add personal TVs at every seat. I am a huge advocate for personal entertainment.
This is fantastic compared to what competitors American and United are doing with their fleet. Both AA and UA will continue to take delivery of domestic narrow-body aircraft (MAX, 321neo, etc.) without personal TVs.
American Airlines is planning on stripping out PTVs on current legacy AA A321s and 738s in favor of less comfortable “Oasis” seats and BYOD entertainment.
Current Delta 717 Interiors:
Pics by airfleets.com: https://airlinesfleet.com/delta-air-lines-fleet-boeing-717-200-details-and-pictures/
What are your thoughts on this?