Delta Air Lines will permanently retire all Boeing 777s by Fall 2020.
In a memo to Delta employees titled “Protecting Our Future”, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian announced they will permanently retire all Boeing 777s by the end of 2020. This consists of 8 Boeing 777-200ERs and 10 Boeing 777-200LRs.
Delta’s Airbus A330s and A350s will be the workhorses of the airline’s long-haul fleet going forward.
Just months ago, Delta’s 777-200LR opened the possibility of launching its nonstop New York JFK to Mumbai route. The -200LR is found on Delta’s longest route, Atlanta to Johannesburg.
The youngest Delta 777, N710DN, is just 10 years old. This is likely one of the youngest retirements we’ve seen during COVID-19.
These decisions to retire less efficient aircraft such as the 777 and MD-88/90 are to conserve money as Delta is burning through $50 million every day.
This is pretty sad as Delta recently finished refurbishing its 777s to feature the new Delta One Suites as well as Premium Select seats.
Additionally, Delta will make several more changes to its fleet/network:
- Less Boeing 717 flying for the next two years, only 30-45 aircraft. The rest will be grounded.
- Cincinnati pilot base closing
- Boeing 767s will remain and prioritize flights to Europe.
- A350 pilot base opens in Atlanta and Los Angeles
- More A220s into New York
The decision to retire these 777s was rumored in the past few weeks, and now it’s been confirmed.
Enjoy Delta’s 777s in the 777 rework before they’re retired in real life.