Delta is accelerating Boeing 717 and 767-300ER retirements.
Delta has announced it’s retiring all Boeing 717s and 767-300ERs by December 2025 in order to modernize its fleet and enhance cost savings.
Delta has determined that “the carrying value of these aircraft are no longer recoverable when compared to their estimated remaining future cash flows”.
More details of each aircraft:
Delta already announced it would accelerate the retirement of seven Boeing 767-300ERs this year in response to COVID-19. At the moment, the majority of Delta’s 767-300ERs remain grounded with the minority continuing to operate some domestic and international services.
Delta currently has a bit over 50 Boeing 767-300ERs in its fleet. In terms of capacity, Delta’s current A330-200s are the closest replacement.
Delta has grounded around half of its Boeing 717 fleet. These were supposedly planned to stay in the fleet until the late 2020s to the 2030s, but that’s no longer the case.
Delta still has a huge 717 fleet with 91 aircraft. The Boeing 717 can easily be replaced by the Airbus A220-100 as they have similar capacity.
- Delta is also accelerating the retirement of its CRJ-200 fleet to 2023. Delta has around 100 CRJ-200s that are operated by SkyWest and Endeavor Air
- As a result of COVID-19, Delta has already accelerated the retirements of its McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 fleets. Additionally, Delta is set to retire its remaining Boeing 777s next month.
The retirement plans for the Boeing 717s, 767-300ERs, and CRJ-200s can change. Delta is still evaluating the retirement of other aircraft:
“Delta may continue to consider further opportunities for early aircraft retirements in an effort to modernize and simplify its fleet”
Delta’s 8-K (includes the retirement info): https://ir.delta.com/financials/sec-filings/sec-filings-details/default.aspx?FilingId=14409556
Does anyone know when the 767-300ERs and CRJ-200s were supposed to retire? I’d assume the 767-300ERs were set to be retired in the late-2020s, but no idea on the CRJ-200s. From what it sounds like, this is the first time they’ve publicly said anything on 767/CRJ retirements.
As of now, there’s still five years left to enjoy Delta’s Boeing 717s and 767-300ERs as well as three years for the CRJ-200. Though, these aircraft should remain in Infinite Flight, so they’ll live on.