Delta said it will add 60 new aircraft to its domestic fleet once its rank-and-file pilots ratify a labor agreement already endorsed by the pilots’ leadership council.
When that happens, Delta said, it will move ahead with aircraft acquisitions including 20 Embraer E190s and another 40 Boeing 737-900ERs.
The E190s are currently held by Boeing after being previously operated by another airline. Delta said these 98-seat planes will be part of its mainline fleet, and will enter service late next year. The airline noted that the addition of these larger regional aircraft will “continue the shift of flying away from inefficient 50-seat regional jets as part of the company’s successful up-gauging strategy.”
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The order for 40 more 737-900ERs will bring Delta’s total order for that model to 140 planes. They’ll be used to replace other single-aisle aircraft as they are retired from the fleet through 2019, Delta said.
Delta’s 737-900ERs have 20 seats in first class, 21 in Delta Comfort and 139 in the main cabin, and a range of 2,870 miles.
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