Delta Air Lines to maintain MD88s due to delay in CSeries deliveries

    Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian stated (Jan-2018) the carrier is keeping some aircraft, “particularly MD88s”, around “a little bit longer than we were otherwise anticipating” due to the delay in CSeries aircraft deliveries. The carrier originally expected to receive its first CSeries from spring 2018. He stated the carrier expects to retire its remaining 100 MD88 aircraft by 2020, as it looks to upgauge to A321 and Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The airline stated the “pipeline of opportunity” is expected to continue into the next decade with the arrival of A321neo aircraft from 2020, Delta expects to operatre over 45% of domestic seat departures with larger-gauge narrowbodies by 2023. [more – original PR]