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  1. Tom
    Tom at |

    The man who is in charge of this sort of thing at Delta now is the same guy who did this at Northwest. And those, like you, with long memories will recall that that’s the airline that flew 30-year-old DC-9s. (Actual DC-9s, not MD-80s.) So my personal guess is that Delta is quite serious about their hunt for bargain-basement planes on the secondary market.

    This strategy clearly only works as long as Jet A prices stay reasonable.

  2. charles
    charles at |

    As I understand it the major impediment to older aircraft is lower efficiency. I am not sure how much of an issue that is today at the fuel costs and future hedging that can be done today.
    I am not an expert but I bet DL got away like bandits with the older MD jets they bought a few years ago.
    My preference is not to fly on these bargains.

  3. Sice
    Sice at |

    Does increased use of 777 models mean that smaller regional carriers/contractors will be pushed out? Just curious if DL would look to mainline more of that traffic or what their plans would be for increased capacity.

  4. Nick
    Nick at |

    Well maintained 20 year old bargains are as safe as new planes. Give them a refresh and the cabin experience is as good as anything else as well you couldn’t tell the difference between 2 and 22 yrs.

    1. James
      James at |

      Agreed!

  5. James
    James at |

    With Delta’s spectacular TechOps division, older planes like these can fly reliably, safely, and affordably for the airline. +1 to the brilliant minds at Delta.

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