Delta Air Lines currently holds 67 Boeing 717 aircraft in its fleet. The Atlanta-based carrier hasn’t been operating the type for long, with the first delivery occurring just eight years ago. With the type falling out of favor among airlines in recent years, we thought we’d take a look at Delta’s journey with the plane.
Part of a broader plan
In May 2012, Delta announced that it would be taking on 88 Boeing 717 units upon the ratification of a new tentative agreement covering over 12,000 pilots. Later on that summer, Delta confirmed that the aircraft would replace the airline’s small 50-seat regional jets “on a capacity-neutral basis.”
Overall, the arrival of these narrowbodies was part of the airline’s wider domestic…