Airlines Delta Air Lines interested in possible Boeing 797

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According to Bloomberg, Delta Air Lines is interested in Boeing’s possible new middle-of-the-market aircraft, unofficially named Boeing 797.

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CEO Ed Bastian stated that his airline would acquire the new jet and would even become the launch customer for the new program.

Boeing has created a program office 2017 which should develop plans for the new aircraft. The new aircraft aims at the market segment between Boeing 737 MAX 10 and the B787-8 which is currently unserved. The jet should offer seats for 225 to 270 passengers with a range of around 8000 kilometers.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-400ER
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A Boeing 797 would have to compete with the Airbus A321LR, which has successfully performed its first transatlantic flight in the last days. Several airlines, especially the major US carriers, are waiting for a new aircraft to renew their aging fleet of Boeing 757 and Boeing 767. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines are altogether operating over 200 Boeing 757-200 which need to be replaced in the next years.

Delta Air Lines currently operates a fleet of 100 Boeing 757-200, 16 B757-300, two Boeing 767-300, 57 Boeing 767-300ER and 21 Boeing 767-400ER. The Boeing 757 fleet is used on US domestic flights between the East and West coast destinations. Delta has ordered Boeing 737-900ER, Airbus A321Neo and A330-900Neo to replace the older jets in the next years. A new Boeing 797 could become an interesting alternative as Boeings 737-900ER or B737 MAX10 are too small and the Airbus A330-900Neo or Boeing’s B787 Dreamliner too big for several domestic routes.

Boeing has forecasted a market potential up to 4000 units of the new aircraft. The development costs could be around $15 billion and the entry-into-service could be realistic in the middle of the 2020’s.


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