Why is delta airlines retiring boeing 777 to be replaced with airbus a350 under dreaded conditions in 2020?
- el staplerLv 55 months agoFavorite Answer
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.
- Vincent GLv 75 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.