The old one got closed for plagerisim… let’s continue here!
Delta wants to replace their aging fleet of mad dogs and 717s with a new bird, but which one? The A320NEO family or the 737MAX family?
Delta has the oldest average fleet age of any of the big three, and it is known for buying old second-hand aircraft for a reduced cost. This has, in a way, damaged their reputation as people want to fly new safe, not T-tail birds. They have a large order for 75 CS100s to replace their smaller regional jets like their 717s, MD90s, 757s, and some of their older 737s and A320s.
However, 75 small jets is simply not enough to fill the hundreds of small aircraft in Delta’s fleet. They already have orders of 737-900s and A32Xs to keep up with the retirement of the old birds. But, as you can see in the article, they need something new. I think that if they decide to order they need to choose one family and stick with it, two major aircraft families raise operation costs, and is unnecessary.
My choice for the next aircraft for Delta would be the A320 NEO family. Its versatility would allow Delta to expand and modernize their domestic route network and expand into the smaller Carribean, European, South American, Hawaiian, Latin American, and Canadian airports. The A321LR would be a perfect fit for Hawaiian airports like Kona. European airports that Delta does not currently serve but wouldn’t sustain an A330. The A320 could also expand into the Carribean which Delta could profit a lot from. I am excited to see what Delta will do.
What do you think?
What should Delta choose and why?
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- Airbus A320 NEO Family
- Boeing 737 MAX Family