Delta not ready to commit to Northwest's 787 order

12/29/2008 | Detroit Free Press

With more planes at its disposal and fewer international flights in the works, Delta Air Lines appears ambivalent about the 18 Boeing 787 orders it inherited in its merger with Northwest Airlines. "I'd really be reluctant to make any comment as far as our future on that aircraft until we know what we're dealing with," said Ed Bastian, Delta's president and Northwest's CEO. Bastian said a stand-alone Northwest had a more pressing need for the new aircraft, while Delta's combined fleet offered numerous options, including the 747, 777 and A-330.

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