Delta Air Lines fleet

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This article is about the mainline Delta Air Lines fleet, including the historical fleets of Delta Air Lines. For the fleet of Delta's former regional subsidiary, see Comair.

As of May 2014, the Delta Air Lines mainline fleet comprises 750 aircraft in service.[1] Prior to the merger with Northwest Airlines in 2009, Delta Air Lines operated an all-Boeing and McDonnell Douglas fleet, but incorporated Northwest's Airbus aircraft into its fleet following the merger.

Current fleet[edit]

As of June 2014, the average age of the Delta fleet is 17.1 years; excluding grounded aircraft and those operated by contract carriers. The oldest aircraft in the fleet are the McDonnell Douglas MD-88s averaging 23.2 years.[1]

Delta operates the largest fleets of the Boeing 757, the Boeing 767, and the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 of any operators worldwide.

Two of Delta’s MD-90s were assembled at Jiangwan Airfield in Shanghai.

In early 2011, Delta began to discuss narrowbody replacement plans for the DC-9s, MD-88s, older A320 and 757-200 aircraft with manufacturers Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier.[2] On August 25, 2011, Delta announced orders for 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2018 as it retires older mainline jets and upgrades its fleet. The new aircraft are intended to improve the company's profitability.[3] On May 22, 2012, Delta announced that it would be subleasing 88 AirTran Boeing 717 aircraft from Southwest Airlines.[4]

On October 20, 2011, Delta announced that all domestic and two class regional jets will receive Economy Comfort seats. The refurbishments began in 2012. All international aircraft already received Economy Comfort in 2011.[5]

On September 4, 2013, Delta announced a new order with Airbus about 10 A330-300 HGW for fleet expansion and 30 A321s. On June 2, 2014, Delta announced an order for an additional 15 A321 aircraft.

Delta Air Lines officially retired its DC-9s from mainline services on 6 January 2014, but were used on a needed basis until 22 January.

On April 3, 2014, Delta said it was evaluating widebody aircraft opportunities with a request for proposals for up to 50 planes. The airline said it was studying replacements for its Boeing 747-400 and 767-300ER jets, which have an average age of some 20 years and burn more fuel than newer planes. [6]

The following table represents Delta Air Lines mainline fleet types and layouts in service as of August 2014.[7][8][9]

Delta Air Lines Fleet
Aircraft In
Service
Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y+ Y Total
Airbus A319-100 57 12 0 18 96 126 All aircraft to get interior mods.[10]
7 aircraft operate as VIP charters.
Airbus A320-200 69 12 0 18 120 150 All aircraft to get interior mods.[10]
Airbus A321-200 45 20 0 23 149 192 Deliveries between 2016 and 2018[11][12]
Airbus A330-200 11 0 34 32 168 234 All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
Airbus A330-300 21 10 0 34 32 227 293 Deliveries between 2015 and 2017.[11]
All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
Boeing 717-200 41 47 12 0 15 83 110 All aircraft to be acquired used from AirTran Airways.
Deliveries through December 2015.[14]
Boeing 737-700 10 12 0 18 94 124
Boeing 737-800 73 16 0 18 126 160 43 aircraft to get interior mods.[10]
Boeing 737-900ER 26 74 20 0 21 139 180 Deliveries through 2018.[15]
Replacing older Boeing 757-200s, 767-300s, and Airbus A320s.[3]
Boeing 747-400 16 0 48 42 286 376 All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi by summer 2014 [13]
4 aircraft to be retired by the end of 2014. [16]
Boeing 757-200 133 22 0 18 141 181 Largest operator of the Boeing 757-200.
Older aircraft to be replaced by Boeing 737-900ER.
56 aircraft to get interior mods.[10]
8 additional aircraft to get winglets.[17]
19 182
21 132 175
24 135 180
26 26 132 184
0 16 25 130 171 18 aircraft (3 complete) to get flat-bed seats by 2015.[18]
All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
0 16 44 108 168
Boeing 757-300 16 24 0 23 177 224 All aircraft (5 complete) to get interior mods.[19]
All aircraft (7 complete) to get winglets.[19]
26 184 234
Boeing 767-300 16 30 0 28 203 261
Boeing 767-300ER 58 0 26 29 171 226 Largest operator of the Boeing 767-300ER.
All aircraft (53 complete) to get winglets.[20]
All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
36 143 208
32 211
Boeing 767-400ER 21 0 40 28 178 246 Largest operator of the Boeing 767-400ER.
All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
Boeing 777-200ER 8 0 37 36 218 291 All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
Boeing 777-200LR 10 All aircraft to receive Wi-Fi [13]
Boeing 787-8 18 TBA Entry into service: 2018-2020[21]
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 117 16 0 15 118 149 All aircraft to get updated glass cockpits by 2016.[22]
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 65 16 0 15 129 160 Largest operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90.
All aircraft to get updated glass cockpits by 2016.[22]
Total 768 185

Special Liveries[edit]

Special Liveries
Registration Livery Aircraft Source Full/Partial
N381DN SkyTeam Boeing 737-800 [23] Full
N3755D SkyTeam Boeing 737-800 [24] Full
N3758Y SkyTeam Boeing 737-800 [25] Full
N3761R SkyTeam Boeing 737-800 [26] Full
N3765 SkyTeam Boeing 737-800 [27] Full
N809DN The Spirit of Seattle Boeing 737-900ER [28] Partial
N659DL SkyTeam Boeing 757-200 [29] Full
N694DL The Spirit of Freedom Boeing 757-200 [30] Partial
N6716C Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boeing 757-200 [31] Partial
N705TW SkyTeam Boeing 757-200 [32] Full
N709TW Mariano Rivera Boeing 757-200 [33] Decal
N717TW SkyTeam Boeing 757-200 [34] Full
N722TW SkyTeam Boeing 757-200 [35] Full
N139DL United Way Boeing 767-300 [36] Partial
N16065 Andrew Young Boeing 767-300ER [37] Partial
N171DZ Habitat for Humanity Boeing 767-300ER [38] Full
N175DZ SkyTeam Boeing 767-300ER [39] Full
N841MH American Cancer Society Boeing 767-400ER [40] Partial
N844MH SkyTeam Boeing 767-400ER [41] Full
N845MH Breast Cancer Research Foundation Boeing 767-400ER [42] Full
N701DN The Delta Spirit Boeing 777-200LR [43] Partial
N702DN The Spirit of Atlanta Boeing 777-200LR [44] Partial
N708DN David C. Garrett, Jr. Boeing 777-200LR [45] Partial

Fleet gallery[edit]

Historical Delta Air Lines fleet[edit]

Delta Air Lines had an all-Boeing (including McDonnell Douglas aircraft) fleet until its merger with Northwest Airlines.

Retired fleet[edit]

Delta Air Lines Retired Fleet
Aircraft Year Retired Replacement
Convair CV-880 1973 Douglas DC-8-51
Douglas DC-8-51 Boeing 757-200
Boeing 747-100 1976 Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 1977/1989* Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Douglas DC-8-71 1991 Boeing 757-200
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 1992/2010*** Boeing 737-200 (1992) and CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/DC-9-50(2010)
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-40 2011 CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/DC-9-50
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 2014 CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/Boeing 717-200/MD-90-30
Airbus A310-200/300[46][47] 1994/1996** Boeing 767-300ER
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 2001 Boeing 767-400ER
Boeing 727-200 2003 Boeing 737-800
Boeing 757-200
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 2004 Boeing 777-200ER (on Asian routes)
Boeing 767-400ER (on European routes)
Boeing 767-200 2006 Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-300
Boeing 737-200 2006 McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Boeing 737-300 2006 Boeing 737-800

*Delta operated the DC-10 twice, once on lease from United before the L-1011s could be delivered, and again when Delta acquired Western Airlines in 1987.

**Delta experimented with Airbus A310 aircraft for two to three years after acquiring the planes from Pan Am. Initially Delta was impressed enough with the aircraft to order more of the same model, but these too were eventually withdrawn from service by the mid 1990s.

***Delta originally had DC-9-30s from the 1970s through 1992. Delta sold some of their DC-9-30s back to McDonnell Douglas who sold them to ValuJet, forming ValuJet's initial fleet. ValuJet would eventually become Delta's main Atlanta-based rival, AirTran Airways. However, Delta inherited a fleet of -30s in 2008 when they merged with Northwest Airlines. Two of these, N3322L and N3324L, had been delivered new to Delta in 1967.

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines are the only surviving U.S. airlines that operated the Convair 880.

Delta L-1011 Tristar aircraft included the long range series 500 model that was flown on international routes. The L-1011 is still the fastest family of subsonic passenger aircraft ever, and only behind supersonic carriers such as the Concorde and the Tu-144 in speed.

Delta Air Lines fleet prior to the jet era[edit]

Up until the late 1960s, Delta Air Lines operated a fleet of propeller operated aircraft, including among others, the Convair 340, Convair 440, Curtiss C-46 Commando, Douglas DC-3, Douglas DC-4, Douglas DC-6, Douglas DC-7, Fairchild Hiller FH-227, Lockheed Constellation, and Lockheed L-100 Hercules. The Curtiss C-46 Commando and Lockheed L-100 Hercules aircraft were operated as cargo aircraft.

Delta Fleet in 1960[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1960[48]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Convair 440 28 0
Convair 880 0 10
Curtiss-Wright C-46 5 0 Freighter
Douglas DC-3 12 0 Includes 2 Freighters
Douglas DC-6 12 0
Douglas DC-7 10 0
Douglas DC-7B 11 0
Douglas DC-8 6 0
Total 84 10

Delta Fleet in 1970[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1970[49]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 747-100 0 5
Douglas DC-8-61 13 0
Douglas DC-8-50 28 0
Douglas DC-9-15 15 0
Douglas DC-9-32 53 5
Convair CV-880 16 0
Lockheed L-100 Hercules 3 0 Freighter
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 0 24
Total 128 34

Delta Fleet in 1980[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1980[50]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 727-200 120 6
Boeing 767-200 0 20
Douglas DC-8-61 13 0
Douglas DC-9-32 41 0
Lockheed L-1011-1 29 6
Lockheed L-1011-500 2 1
Total 205 33

Delta Fleet in 1990[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1990[51]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 727-200 130 0
Boeing 737-200 61 0
Boeing 737-300 13 0
Boeing 757-200 41 22
Boeing 767-200 15 0
Boeing 767-300 15 1
Boeing 767-300ER 0 9
Douglas DC-8-71 5 0
Douglas DC-9-32 36 0
Douglas DC-10-10 3 0
Lockheed L-1011-1 22 0
Lockheed L-1011-100 1 0
Lockheed L-1011-250 6 0
Lockheed L-1011-500 10 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 0 9
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 8 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 23 34
Total 389 75

Delta Fleet in 2000[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 2000[52]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Boeing 727-200 Adv 102 0
Boeing 737-200 Adv 54 0
Boeing 737-300 26 0
Boeing 737-800 27 105
Boeing 757-200 114 7
Boeing 767-200 15 0
Boeing 767-300 28 0
Boeing 767-300ER 58 1
Boeing 767-400ER 1 20
Boeing 777-200ER 1 20
Lockheed L-1011-1 25 0
Lockheed L-1011-200 1 0
Lockheed L-1011-250 6 0
Lockheed L-1011-500 15 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 15 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 120 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 16 0
Total 623 139

Delta Fleet in 2010[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 2010
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Airbus A319-100 57 5
Airbus A320-200 69 2
Airbus A330-200 11 0
Airbus A330-300 21 0
Boeing 737-700 10 0
Boeing 737-800 73 0
Boeing 747-400 16 0
Boeing 757-200 168 1 Order is for a used aircraft.
Boeing 757-300 16 0
Boeing 767-300 15 0
Boeing 767-300ER 58 0
Boeing 767-400ER 21 0
Boeing 777-200ER 8 0
Boeing 777-200LR 10 0
Boeing 787-8 0 18
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-40 5 0
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50 34 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 117 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 19 23 Orders are for used aircraft.
Total 728 49

See also[edit]

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