Delta Airlines took delivery of its last Boeing 737-900ER, N930DZ – and its last ordered Boeing aircraft on the same day as announcing outstanding financial results.
Those results are as much a result of its decision not to buy the 737 MAX, so it hasn’t suffered the issues of non-delivery and groundings.
The future for Delta – until possibly the Boeing NMA/797 is finally revealed and produced, is now all Airbus.
With A350-900’s, A330neo and the A321neo coupled to an increased order for the A220, Delta’s future is very much linked to the European manufacturer.
In turn Airbus has committed to producing the A220 series next to the A320 series in the US, and the new facility is already under way.
Delta’s strategic decisions have paid off despite being denigrated at the time they were made. Another that has proven to have been extraordinarily successful – and yet was seen as a chronic mistake, was the purchase of a closed oil refinery near New York.
There was a growing issue with jet fuel availability in the tri-state area as unprofitable and elderly refineries shut down.
That was brought back into service and converted to produce just jet fuel, which is now supplied to Delta and other airlines across the region.