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Delta Air Lines

GENERAL INFORMATION

Code: DL / DAL

Founded: 1929

Bases: Atlanta (ATL), Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTW), New York (LGA, JFK), Memphis (MEM), Minneapolis (MSP), Salt Lake City (SLC)

Alliance: SkyTeam (since 2000)

FLEET

long-haul A330-200, A330-300, A350-900, B747-400, B757-300, B767-300, B767-400ER, B777-200

medium-haul & short-haul A319-100, A320-200, A321-200, B717-200, B737-7,8,900, B757-200, MD-88, MD90

AIRBUS A350

A350s in fleet: 11 (N501DN, N502DN, N503DN, N504DN, N505DN, N506DN, N507DN, N508DN, N509DN, N510DN, N511DN)

1st A350 delivery: 05/08/2017

Delta Air Lines ordered 25 A350-900 as well as 25 A330-900neo in November 2014 in order to replace its aging Boeing Co. 747-400 and 767 aircraft. DL was the third big US carrier to order the A350 XWB. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2017 and should then mostly operate flights between the US (most probably Detroit) and Asia. DL has deferred some deliveries due in 2018 to 2019/2020 in order to meet changed growth plans. The airline also announced that this new-generation aircraft would be the first one fitted with a premium economy class, later followed by the rest of the Delta long-haul fleet,

We think that the A350 will fit Delta's needs on its routes to Asia because of its fuel efficiency and the comfort it provides to the passengers. Once the airline will have to replace its 777 fleet, DL might order some more A350s, and may even look at the larger version, the A350-1000.