Delta Air Lines has confirmed its plans to phase out its Boeing 777 fleet this month.
Having previously announced the retirement of this long-haul type from its fleet, the widebody airliners had soldiered on during recent months on a number of domestic and international routes.
Now, the end has been announced, with the final two flights taking place on October 30th and 31st.
“We’re making strategic, cost-effective changes to our fleet to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring Delta is well-positioned for the recovery on the backside of the crisis,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “The 777 has been a reliable part of Delta’s success since it joined the fleet in 1999 and because of its unique operating characteristics, opened new non-stop, ultra-long-haul markets that only it could fly at that time.”
Delta’s Final 777 Flights
- October 30th will see DL8787 fly Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta to Los Angeles International.
- October 31st will see DL8807 fly New York JFK to Los Angeles International.
Both of these flights are bookable as normal Delta tickets, so if you get the chance, why not take a memorable trip?
Delta’s 777 Fleet
Delta Air Lines introduced the Boeing 777-200ER and -200LR in 1999 and operated a total of 18 examples over the past 21 years.
Many are now parked, and it’s not yet clear which individual aircraft will operate these final flights.
Delta has recently retired its entire McDonnell Douglas MD-88 and MD-90 fleets, as well as its Boeing 737-700s. It recently announced it would remove all Bombardier CRJs by the end of 2023, and Boeing 717 and 767-300 aircraft by the end of 2025.