Delta Air Lines has cancelled its order for 18 Boeing 787-8 DreamLiners. The “legacy” order was inherited when it merged with Northwest Airlines which originally ordered the aircraft. The carrier has committed to 25 Airbus A350-900 which will be delivered from mid-2017. These will replace the Boeing 747-400s (inherited from Northwest).
“This business decision is consistent with Delta’s fleet strategy to prudently address our widebody aircraft needs,” says Greg May, senior vice-president of supply chain management and fleet at Delta, in a statement.
Delta’s 737-900ER orders remain unaffected and it expects to have up to 120 of the type in its fleet by 2019.