Delta Air Lines has ordered 100 Boeing 737-10 MAX airplanes with an option for 30 more. The aircraft will deliver fuel savings of 20-30 percent compared to the retiring planes they will replace, marking an important step towards Delta’s commitment to sustainability.
On Monday (July 18, 2022), Delta Air Lines announced that they have placed an order for 100 Boeing 737-10s, the largest member of the MAX Family, plus options for 30 more. The aircraft will provide a world-class guest experience, while delivering a fuel burn reduction of 20-30 percent compared to the retiring aircraft they will replace. Deliveries will begin in 2025 and the airplanes will be powered by next-generation CFM International LEAP-1B engines. CFM International is a jointly owned by GE and Safran. The order was announced today by Delta, Boeing and CFM at the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow in the UK.
In Monday’s announcment, Delta Air Lines’ Chief Executive Officer, Ed Bastian, said,
“The Boeing 737-10 will be an important addition to Delta’s fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performance. These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital. This aircraft will be piloted, served and maintained by the very best professionals in the business, and it’s their hard work and dedication to our customers that always sets us apart.”
Also commenting on the large airplane order, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,
“We are proud that Delta is renewing its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX, Boeing’s most fuel-efficient family of airplanes. Built in our factory in Washington state with support from key suppliers across the US, the 737-10 will provide Delta with the best economics to carry more passengers across its short and medium-haul routes.”
Today’s order will grow Delta’s fleet of 737s to over 300 by the end of the decade, and the 737-10 will be among the carrier’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, along with the airline’s Airbus A321neos. Delta’s new 737-10s will feature 182 seats, a third of which will be premium seating, including 10 First Class, 33 Delta Comfort+ and 129 Main Cabin seats. The airplanes will also be configured with the Boeing Sky Interior with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting and large pivoting overhead bins. The aircraft will also feature IFE and power ports at every seat, high-speed satellite Wi-Fi, and video on-demand through Delta Studio.
Aditional Rendering of Delta Boeing 737-10 MAX - Courtesy Delta Air Lines
With a top speed of Mach 0.79 and a range of 3,300 nautical miles, the 737-10 MAX will offer broad flexibility to serve markets across the U.S. Delta plans on deploying the airplanes at their core hubs in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, Boston and Seattle. Final assembly for the airplanes will take place at Boeing’s facility in Renton, Washington. The Boeing 737-10 MAX is currently awaiting final FAA certification, which is expected in 2023. Today’s agreement with Boeing also allows Delta to shift to another MAX Family model if final certification is delayed.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is the global U.S. airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience. The carrier operates over 4,000 daily flights across more than 275 destinations on six continents. Delta has over 75,000 team members and has served as many as 200 million customers annually. For the last decade, the carrier has led the industry in operational excellence, while maintaining their reputation for award-winning customer service.
Source(s): Delta Air Lines, Boeing