December 6, 2012
Delta Continues domestic fleet restructuring with order for 40 new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft
Delta Air Lines has finalized an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace that will allow the airline to continue restructuring its domestic fleet by replacing less efficient single-class 50-seat aircraft with new two-class 76-seat aircraft. As part of the agreement, Delta will acquire 40 new CRJ900 two-class regional jets, with the option to purchase an additional 30 CRJ900 aircraft, and Bombardier will assist Delta in phasing out 60 single-class CRJ200 aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CF34-8C5 engines. This announcement follows previously announced transactions supporting Delta’s domestic fleet optimization plan, including the addition of 88 Boeing 717-200 aircraft to primarily replace 50-seat aircraft, and acquisition of 100 new Boeing 737-900ER jets to replace Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. Delta will begin taking delivery of CRJ900, 717-200 and 737-900ER aircraft in the latter half of 2013.