Delta Air Lines is retiring its last remaining commercially operated Douglas DC-9 aircraft in January, becoming the last major U.S. carrier to
retire the DC-9.
The last flight will occur Jan. 6, 2014 on a flight departing from Minneapolis to Atlanta. Since 2008, the airline has removed or retired more than 350
passenger jets from its fleet, including, 50-seat CRJ-200s, Saab 340s and DC-9s. Those aircraft have been replaced with more fuel efficient Boeing
777-200LRs, 737s and 717s largely on a "capacity-neutral basis," according to Delta.
In October, Delta began entering its newly acquired Boeing
737-900ERs into service, which are equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity. The airline also recently
purchased 40 Airbus
aircraft, including 30 narrow body A321s scheduled to begin delivery in 2016.
"The DC-9 has been a workhorse in our domestic fleet while providing a reliable customer experience," said Nat Pieper, Delta's vice president of fleet strategy. "The aircraft's retirement paves the way for newer, more efficient aircraft."