|Delta Air Lines Boeing 737. Photo: Wikimedia
[Avionics Today 12-17-2015] Delta Air Lines has announced it will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900ER jets acquired through a new agreement with Boeing. The agreement is part of the airline's initiative to upgauge its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft.
The order follows the cancellation of a similar deal earlier this year for 20 E190s and 40 737s that Delta negated after negotiations with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) stalled. Additionally, the Dec. 16 order offered Delta more compelling economics over a previously cancelled order that also included Boeing-held E190s, the company said in a statement.
Delta expects the Embraer E190’s to begin flying by early 2017. The additional Boeing 737-900ERs will bring the total in Delta's fleet to 120 by 2019.