Delta Air Lines plans to place a mega order with the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing. The American carrier wants to acquire one hundred 737 MAX 10 type aircraft in its fleet.
This order allows Delta Air Lines to remodel and rejuvenate its fleet and thus be able to adapt to the air traffic which will have to increase in the coming months.
Delta, the only major U.S. carrier without a 737 MAX order, is reshaping its fleet in anticipation of a rapid post-pandemic recovery.
The MAX 10 is in head-to-head competition with the A321neo, a flagship aircraft in the European aircraft manufacturer’s portfolio. These two rivals share a promising market share in a rapidly growing segment, namely that of aircraft with a capacity just above 200 seats. Recall that, thanks to an additional order for 30 units in August 2021, Delta is also expecting the delivery of some 155 A321neos.
The announcement comes as Boeing fights a separate but crucial battle to certify the MAX 10 before a new safety standard takes effect at the end of the year. The deadline for the changes was introduced as part of broader FAA regulatory reforms following the two crashes of a similar lower-capacity model, the MAX 8 by Lion Air and then Ethiopian Airlines, which left 346 people dead.