Dec 27 Delta Air Lines Inc said on
Tuesday that in agreement with Boeing Co it would cancel
an order for 18 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which it assumed as a
part of its merger with Northwest Airlines.
The order is valued at more than $4 billion at current list
prices. Delta, in its statement, did not disclose specific terms
of the agreement. (bit.ly/2ibCr6f)
The airline, which acquired Northwest in 2008 for $2.6
billion in shares, said it would continue to take delivery of
737-900ER aircraft through 2019.
Delta declined to comment beyond its statement.
The cancellation comes as Delta and other top U.S. airlines
seek to slow flight capacity growth and in some instances shrink
existing service in response to falling airfares.
Airlines like Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA from
outside the United States are adding flights that Delta says
have exceeded passenger demand and hurt unit revenue.
Delta has 25 widebody aircraft from Airbus Group SE
, the A350, already slated for delivery that will add to
its flight capacity this decade. Delta said earlier this year
that it would defer the delivery of four A350s by a year or two
from 2018 to make the schedule "more consistent with (the)
expected pace of international market improvement."
(Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru and Jeffrey Dastin in
New York; Editing by Leslie Adler)