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Thursday, 16 July 2020

Airbus Updates No.2737

All Of Delta’s Airbus A350-900s Are Back In The Air

Delta Air Lines released a fleet update today within the release of its full second-quarter filing. The filing shows that Delta has made progress retiring aircraft. Amid the ongoing retirement of the 777s, all of Delta’s A350-900s are back in the air.
Delta A350
Delta Air Lines is flying all 13 of its A350-900s. Photo: Delta Air Lines

The A350s are flying again

Simple Flying viewed Delta’s second-quarter SEC filing, which included an update to the airline’s fleet. Delta currently owns 13 Airbus A350-900s. At the end of March, eight of these planes were flying while five were parked. By the end of June, all of Delta’s Airbus A350s were back in the air.
The A350s resumed flying as the Boeing 777s continue to be phased out. By the end of June, Delta only had 12 777s in its fleet, split evenly between the -200ER and -200LR variants. In March, the carrier had 18 of these aircraft. By October, Delta will retire the remaining 12 777s.
The A350s are performing long-haul operations flying to Seoul, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Shanghai and more, out of major hubs like Detroit and Seattle. In the future, these jets are expected to fly off to Cape Town, Beijing, Sydney, and more. These planes are fitted out with the airline’s flagship Delta One suites and Premium Select
As for the aircraft with the most number parked, Delta is currently only flying eight Airbus A320-200s. A whopping 44 of these are parked. This means that only about 15% of the airline’s A320 fleet is flying. Below is the list of all types in Delta’s fleet with the percentage of the fleet in active service:
Airbus A220-100 (100%) [all 31 in service]
Airbus A350-900 (100%) [all 13 in service]
Airbus A330-900neo (80%) [4 in service, 1 parked]
Airbus A319 (68%) [39 in service, 18 parked]
Airbus A321 (66%) [66 in service, 34 parked]
Airbus A330-300 (42%) [13 in service, 18 parked]
Airbus A330-200 (27%) [3 in service, 8 parked]
Airbus A320 (15%) [8 in service, 44 parked]

In total, Delta is flying 424 aircraft with 380 jets parked. This is of the mainline fleet. About 53% of the airline’s fleet is in the air. Compared to March, Delta has retired 70 aircraft already. This includes two 737-700s, six 777s, seven Boeing 767-300ERs, ten Airbus A320-200s, 18 MD-88s, and 27 MD-90s. The 737-700, 767-300ER, and A320-200 retirements were announced as the carrier reported a $3.9 billion loss for the second quarter of 2020.

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