26 December 2013
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it will retire its remaining Douglas DC-9 aircraft on Jan. 6, 2014 following Flight 2014 scheduled to depart Minneapolis/St. Paul for Atlanta at 4: 20 p.m. (CST), the last scheduled commercial flight of the DC-9 by a major US airline.
“The DC-9 has been a workhorse in our domestic fleet while providing a reliable customer experience,” said Nat Pieper, Delta´s vice president Fleet Strategy. “The aircraft´s retirement paves the way for newer, more efficient aircraft.”
Since 2008, Delta has removed or retired more than 350 aircraft from its fleet including 50-seat CRJ-200s; Saab 340s and DC-9s; while adding economically efficient, proven-technology aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR; two-class, 65 and 76-seat regional jets and variants of the 737 and 717, largely on a capacity-neutral basis.
To acknowledge the DC-9´s retirement, the last flight has been tagged DL2014 noting the final year of service, while the preceding flight operating from Detroit to Minneapolis/St. Paul will be flight DL1965, the aircraft´s initial year of service.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 315 destinations in 58 countries on six continents. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta´s blog takingoff.delta.com.