“These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian in a written statement. The airline plans to fly the 737-10 from its hubs in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said in a statement that the 182-seat 737-10 will provide Delta “the best economics to carry more passengers across its short and medium-haul routes.”
The 737-10 will be 20-30% more fuel efficient than the retiring planes it will replace, according to the airline. Delta has 77 Boeing 737-800s that average nearly 21 years old and have 160 seats. Other older, smaller aircraft in Delta’s fleet include Boeing 717s to be retired by the end of 2025, as well as A319s and A320s.
Delta plans to have the planes configured with 129 seats in the main cabin, 30 Comfort+ seats with extra legroom and 20 first class seats, power ports and in-flight-entertainment at every seat and high-speed satellite Wi-Fi.
Final assembly of the planes will be done at Boeing’s facility in Renton, Washington. Boeing’s headquarters are in Chicago but announced in May it will move its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia.
The 737-10s will have LEAP-1B engines made by CFM International, a company owned by GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. Delta also announced Monday that its TechOps maintenance unit — the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul business in North America — will service LEAP-1B engines that power Boeing MAX planes operated by Delta and other airlines under an agreement with CFM International.
More aircraft order news is expected as the Farnborough Air Show continues this week. Bastian said last week that Delta was in talks with both Boeing and Airbus for more large narrow-body planes.