Delta Has Added the Boeing 717 to Its Radar
While Delta currently holds two Boeing 717s in its fleet, Delta spokesman Anthony Black told USA Today that the airline is hoping to have ten altogether by the end of 2013. The 717 is a twin-engine, single-aisle jet developed for the 100-seat market, and it first entered service in 1999 before production ended in May 2006. In the span of a little over ten years — preceding the jet’s first order and ending at its discontinuation — 156 planes were produced by Boeing.
Delta’s new Boeing 717 offerings are the result of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) 2011 acquisition of AirTran. Southwest inherited about eighty-eight 717 jets, but later decided against integrating the model into its fleet, which consists entirely of Boeing 737s. Following that decision, Southwest entered discussions with Delta and ultimately decided to sell all eighty-eight of AirTran’s 717s to Delta.