Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel an order placed for 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that it assumed in 2008 as part of its merger with Northwest Airlines.
While specific terms of the agreement are not disclosed, the airline will continue to take delivery of new Boeing 737-900ER aircraft through 2019 as two orders totaling 120 of the narrowbody jet are fulfilled.
“Delta is one of the world’s largest operators of Boeing aircraft and our valued partnership with Boeing will remain strong as we safely and comfortably serve our customers across the world every day,” said Greg May, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management and Fleet.
“This business decision is consistent with our fleet strategy to prudently address our widebody aircraft needs.”
In 2010, Delta deferred the order to a 2020 and beyond delivery timeline.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year and, together with Delta Connection, offers service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents with a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.
Northwest Airlines was founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines by a merger. Approved on October 29, 2008, the merger made Delta the largest airline in the world until the American Airlines-US Airways merger on December 9, 2013. Northwest continued to operate under its own name and brand until the integration of the carriers was completed on January 31, 2010.