US Carrier Delta Airlines is to retire all of its 777 jets and in the latest blow to Boeing has ordered planes from European manufacturer Airbus.
Delta Air Lines Inc plans to retire its 777 jumbo jets made by Boeing Co and replace them with Airbus SE aircraft in another hit for the beleaguered US planemaker. Delta’s 18 Boeing 777s will end service by the end of the year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the airline said Thursday.
“The retirement will accelerate the airline’s strategy to simplify and modernise its fleet while continuing to operate newer, more cost-efficient aircraft,” Delta said.
Delta will continue flying its fleet of long-haul, next-generation Airbus AIR, A350-900s, which burn 21 per cent less fuel per seat than the 777s they will replace, the airline said.
The planemaker, still reeling from the worldwide grounding of its 737 Max aircraft, has struggled amid the pandemic as travel ground to a halt and its airline customers delay or forgo plane orders.