Accelerated retirement of older aircraft was inevitable, many were already on their way out but only when they’d been replaced.
Delta cut its overall active fleet by about half, parking more than 600 mainline and regional aircraft in the last two months.
The 149-seat MD-88 was previously set to retire by the end of 2020. As of February this year, prior to the coronavirus-driven fleet reduction, there were 47 MD-88s and 29 MD-90s operating. All will be formally retired by the end of June.
Both aircraft operated across much of Delta’s domestic network and have been workhorses for the airline.
Delta continues to evaluate its broader fleet plan and will consider additional aircraft retirements to focus on a modern, more simplified fleet for the future.