Delta Air Lines fleet

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As of January 2014, the Delta Air Lines mainline fleet comprises 735 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 November 2013, 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 is 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.

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

The following table represents Delta Air Lines mainline fleet types and layouts in service as of March 2014.[6][7][8]

Delta Air Lines Fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNotes
Airbus A319-100571201896126All aircraft to get interior mods.[9]
7 aircraft operate as VIP charters.
Airbus A320-2006912018120150All aircraft to get interior mods.[9]
Airbus A321-20030[10]20022148190Deliveries between 2016 and 2017
Airbus A330-2001103230177239All aircraft (9 complete) to get interior mods.[11]
Airbus A330-3002110[10]03432227293All aircraft (18 complete) to get interior mods.[11]
Deliveries between 2015 and 2017.
Boeing 717-20024641201583110All aircraft to be acquired used from AirTran Airways.
Deliveries through December 2015.
Boeing 737-700101201894124
Boeing 737-800731601812616043 aircraft to get interior mods.[9]
Boeing 737-900ER188220021139180Deliveries through 2018.[12]
Replacing older Boeing 757-200s, 767-300s, and Airbus A320s.[3]
Boeing 747-4001604842286376
Boeing 757-20013622018141181Largest operator of the Boeing 757-200.
Older aircraft to be replaced by Boeing 737-900ER.
56 aircraft to get interior mods.[9]
8 additional aircraft to get winglets.[13]
0161114717416 aircraft to get flat-bed seats by 2015.[14]
Boeing 757-3001624023177224All aircraft (3 complete) to get interior mods.[15]
All aircraft (3 complete) to get winglets.[16]
Boeing 767-3001630028203261
Boeing 767-300ER5802629171226Largest operator of the Boeing 767-300ER.
All aircraft (51 complete) to get winglets.[17]
Boeing 767-400ER2104028178246Largest operator of the Boeing 767-400ER.
Boeing 777-200ER804536188269
Boeing 777-200LR10
Boeing 787-818TBAEntry into service: 2020
McDonnell Douglas MD-8811716015118149All aircraft to get updated glass cockpits by 2016.[18]
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-306516015129160Largest operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90.
All aircraft to get updated glass cockpits by 2016.[18]

Special Liveries[edit]

Special Liveries
N381DNSkyTeamBoeing 737-800[19]Full
N3755DSkyTeamBoeing 737-800[20]Full
N3758YSkyTeamBoeing 737-800[21]Full
N3761RSkyTeamBoeing 737-800[22]Full
N3765SkyTeamBoeing 737-800[23]Full
N809DN"The Spirit of Seattle"Boeing 737-900ER[24]Partial
N659DLSkyTeamBoeing 757-200[25]Full
N694DLThe Spirit of FreedomBoeing 757-200[26]Partial
N6716CRev. Dr. Joseph E. LoweryBoeing 757-200[27]Partial
N705TWSkyTeamBoeing 757-200[28]Full
N709TWMariano RiveraBoeing 757-200[29]Decal
N717TWSkyTeamBoeing 757-200[30]Full
N722TWSkyTeamBoeing 757-200[31]Full
N139DLUnited WayBoeing 767-300[32]Partial
N16065Andrew YoungBoeing 767-300ER[33]Partial
N171DZHabitat for HumanityBoeing 767-300ER[34]Full
N175DZSkyTeamBoeing 767-300ER[35]Full
N841MHAmerican Cancer SocietyBoeing 767-400ER[36]Partial
N844MHSkyTeamBoeing 767-400ER[37]Full
N845MHBreast Cancer Research FoundationBoeing 767-400ER[38]Full
N701DN"The Delta Spirit"Boeing 777-200LR[39]Partial
N702DN"The Spirit of Atlanta"Boeing 777-200LR[40]Partial
N708DNDavid C. Garrett, Jr.Boeing 777-200LR[41]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
AircraftYear RetiredReplacement
Convair CV-8801973Douglas DC-8-51
Douglas DC-8-51Boeing 757-200
Boeing 747-1001976Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-101977/1989*Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Douglas DC-8-711991Boeing 757-200
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-301992/2010***Boeing 737-200 (1992) and CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/DC-9-50(2010)
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-402011CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/DC-9-50
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-502014CRJ-700/CRJ900/Embraer-175/Boeing 717-200/MD-90-30
Airbus A310-200/300[42][43]1994/1996**Boeing 767-300ER
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar2001Boeing 767-400ER
Boeing 727-2002003Boeing 737-800
Boeing 757-200
McDonnell Douglas MD-112004Boeing 777-200ER (on Asian routes)
Boeing 767-400ER (on European routes)
Boeing 767-2002006Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-300
Boeing 737-2002006McDonnell Douglas MD-88
Boeing 737-3002006Boeing 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, 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 L-1011 TriStar aircraft included the long range series 500 model that was flown on international routes.

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[44]
Convair 440280
Convair 880010
Curtiss-Wright C-4650Freighter
Douglas DC-3120Includes 2 Freighters
Douglas DC-6120
Douglas DC-7100
Douglas DC-7B110
Douglas DC-860

Delta Fleet in 1970[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1970[45]
Boeing 747-10005
Douglas DC-8-61130
Douglas DC-8-50280
Douglas DC-9-15150
Douglas DC-9-32535
Convair CV-880160
Lockheed L-100 Hercules30Freighter
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar024

Delta Fleet in 1980[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1980[46]
Boeing 727-2001206
Boeing 767-200020
Douglas DC-8-61130
Douglas DC-9-32410
Lockheed L-1011-1296
Lockheed L-1011-50021

Delta Fleet in 1990[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 1990[47]
Boeing 727-2001300
Boeing 737-200610
Boeing 737-300130
Boeing 757-2004122
Boeing 767-200150
Boeing 767-300151
Boeing 767-300ER09
Douglas DC-8-7150
Douglas DC-9-32360
Douglas DC-10-1030
Lockheed L-1011-1220
Lockheed L-1011-10010
Lockheed L-1011-25060
Lockheed L-1011-500100
McDonnell Douglas MD-1109
McDonnell Douglas MD-8280
McDonnell Douglas MD-882334

Delta Fleet in 2000[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 2000[48]
Boeing 727-200 Adv1020
Boeing 737-200 Adv540
Boeing 737-300260
Boeing 737-80027105
Boeing 757-2001147
Boeing 767-200150
Boeing 767-300280
Boeing 767-300ER581
Boeing 767-400ER120
Boeing 777-200ER120
Lockheed L-1011-1250
Lockheed L-1011-20010
Lockheed L-1011-25060
Lockheed L-1011-500150
McDonnell Douglas MD-11150
McDonnell Douglas MD-881200
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30160

Delta Fleet in 2010[edit]

Delta Air Lines fleet in 2010
Airbus A319-100575
Airbus A320-200692
Airbus A330-200110
Airbus A330-300210
Boeing 737-700100
Boeing 737-800730
Boeing 747-400160
Boeing 757-2001681Order is for a used aircraft.
Boeing 757-300160
Boeing 767-300150
Boeing 767-300ER580
Boeing 767-400ER210
Boeing 777-200ER80
Boeing 777-200LR100
Boeing 787-8018
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-4050
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50340
McDonnell Douglas MD-881170
McDonnell Douglas MD-90-301923Orders are for used aircraft.

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