"These aircraft are an investment in Delta's future," said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. "As we look past the pandemic, Delta's disciplined, innovative approach to fleet renewal positions us for growth as travel demand returns, while enhancing the customer experience and supporting our sustainability commitments."
The COVID-19 pandemic caused Delta to accelerate retirements of 18 widebody Boeing 777 aircraft, and the MD-88 and MD-90 narrowbody fleets, all of them older and less efficient.
"Delta will lease the A350s through AerCap and purchase 27 of the 737-900ERs from funds managed by Castlelake while the remaining two 737-900ERs will be financed from funds also managed by Castlelake," the airline said. "Both transactions are subject to closing conditions." Deliveries of the aircraft will be completed by the first quarter of 2022, and they will enter service after modifications are completed.
In addition to the seven A350s that are part of this announcement, Delta currently has 15 A359s in service and 20 on order. The addition of the 29 737-900ERs will bring the total to 159 in its fleet.
The agreement follows Delta's decision in April to exercise options on 25 additional A321neo jets, which will start to deliver next year.
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