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Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - Delta Air Lines has announced that it will retire its 32 remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-88 jets the end of July 2020, six months earlier than planned.

The US carrier also considers retiring other aircraft types earlier than originally planned.

During the presentation of the airline's quarterly figures, Delta said that the accelerated retirement of the MD-88s, which were originally scheduled to leave the fleet by the end of the year, resulted in a USD22 million impairment charge.

Delta currently owns 32 McDonnell Douglas jets, which are 29-years-old on average. The airline underlined that while further accelerated retirements were possible, no firm decisions have been taken yet.

Speaking during an investor call, Chief Executive Ed Bastian identified further types likely to exit the fleet.

"Certainly anything that was scheduled to retire over the next five years as an accelerated path towards retirement just to be very simple and straightforward. If the MD-88s were already retiring this year so that's on the MD-90s. We'll probably be making that decision soon in a similar vein. We got Boeing 767s, Boeing 757s, there are some of the older models that we operate. We will certainly be looking at the smaller regional jets that we operate,"

Bastian said.

The airline currently operates fourteen MD-90s (22.6 years old on average), fifty-six Boeing 767-300ERs, and twenty-one Boeing 767-400ERs (24 and 19.4 years old on average, respectively), and 111 Boeing 757-200s and sixteen Boeing 757-300s (23.5 and 17.3 years old on average, respectively). All of these aircraft are owned by Delta.


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