Why is delta airlines retiring boeing 777 to be replaced with airbus a350 under dreaded conditions in 2020?

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  • 5 months ago
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    The cost per seat to operate the A350 is significantly lower than the 777.

    Also, the A330 which Delta has over 47 of and the A350 have a common type rating which means pilots trained on either aircraft can fly the other.  The Boeing 777 and 787 have a common type rating but Delta decided not to invest in the 787.  So ultimately, the A350 will be more cost efficient on many levels. 

  • 5 months ago

    Delta's 777 first went in service in 1999. Typically, jetliners are designed for a 25 year service life, so those would have been close to retirement, and because of technological advancement over the least decades, the Airbus have a slightly longer range, same capacity, but weight actually 8% less and burn 20% less fuel.

    Given the lead time to deliver $300 million aircraft, those have been ordered quite a while ago, so this is not a recent move. Delta already received 13 of them.

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