Delta says may buy up to 50 wide-body jets to update fleet

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  1. gregm

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    Won't happen, but I'd love to see 748s and/or 380s. More likely 787s, A350s, or maybe 777s or 330s.
     
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    NW had firm orders for the 787s before the merger so it would be nice to see Delta bolster their international fleet by acquiring some 787s.
     
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    ANY new equipment will be a welcome addition to the fleet. While I have no problem with older aircraft, I'm looking forward to that 'new aircraft smell', and not from an air freshener hung, well, not in the rear-view mirror!!
     
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    Trust me - it will be an order for 777-300ERs, bought for a steal, scheduled to deliver during the bridge gap between 77W and 77X demand.
     
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    I'd love to see 748 and actually don't think it would be that crazy to see Delta buy a few. I'm sure Boeing wants to sell them and Delta is known to go crazy for a discount. But realistically I see 77W at a discount and some 787
     
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    Is anybody beside Lufthansa flying the passenger version of the 748?
     
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    KE and CA have placed orders, but they haven't taken delivery yet.
     
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    I'm glad somebody else is buying it, and I'd really be saddened to see it not make it commercially, but the A380 is hard to beat IMO.

    I did get to try the LH 748i once, it was nice, but the flight I was on had a lot of turbulence. I'm not blaming the plane, just saying I guess I need another shot at it to give it a fair shake compared to the LH and TG A380F.)

    I think a lot of people were able to book LH 748i LAX flights in business class (it has that new LH C class where your feet share a partitioned compartment with your seat and foot-mate, but I guess it's a 1000% better than their old C angle torture seats) on that UA/*A $1500 summer P fare thing last week, so we should get a lot more reports on it over the summer.

    -David
     
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    The main reason for this is, IMO, the head start that Airbus had in producing the A380, and getting it into service. 1st flight 2005, entered service with SQ in 2007. The 747-8 had it's 1st flight in 2011, and it entered service with LH in 2012 (referring to the 747-8I here). The 747- trailed the 380 by 6 years in 1st flight and 5 years in entry into service. I don't think Boeing will be able to seriously compete with that handicap.
     
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    I don't think we will ever see a DL A380. I actually don't think we will see a new DL 747 of any trim. There are enough twin-engine, long range aircraft to choose from. Plus, I think they prefer the passenger load range of the twin-engine, wide-bodies available. In all actuality, my one A380 experience was nice, but not 'way super' enough to sway me away from something a little smaller.
     
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    That would be in keeping with DL's strategy...which has served them well lately.

    Sent from a place using a fruit thing.
     
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