Delta Air Lines (DL, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson) is in talks with Boeing regarding a new order for up to 100 B737 MAXs, comprising mostly or exclusively B737-10s, which could result in a deal in April 2022, Reuters reported. quoting two people inside. sources.
Neither party has commented.
Delta Air Lines remains the only US incumbent carrier with no B737 MAX in its fleet and no outstanding orders. ch-aviation’s advanced fleets module shows the airline’s previous generation narrowbody fleet includes fifty-seven A319-100s, fifty-six A320-200s, 127 A321-200s, seventy-seven B737s -800 and 159 B737-900(ER )s. It has 155 A321-200NXs on firm order from Airbus but no firm replacement plans for the rest of its narrowbody fleet.
Delta’s last direct order from Boeing was in 2017 and involved just ten B737-900(ERs), although the airline has since acquired additional second-hand -900(ERs).
Reports of an imminent Delta B737 MAX order have been circulating for years. More recently, Boeing reportedly tried to convince the carrier with short delivery times, offering white-tail aircraft built but not taken over by other carriers.
The B737-10, Boeing’s answer to Airbus’ best-selling A321-200neo, has yet to be certified. The manufacturer has so far received orders for 613 units, including 251 from Delta’s rival, United Airlines (which is currently the only American customer of this type). Reuters pointed out that Boeing is working to complete certification of the -10 before the end of 2022 when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to implement new requirements for cockpit alerts.
The B737-7 has also not yet been certified, although the manufacturer expects this to happen before -10. In the United States, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air have ordered 263 and Thirty -7 respectively.