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DELTA PLANS TO BUY 100 NEW ROOMIER, FUEL EFFICIENT PLANES

DELTA PLANS TO BUY 100 NEW ROOMIER, FUEL EFFICIENT PLANES

(Photo courtesy of Ted S. Warren/AP/newstimes.com)  

The order announced Thursday is valued at $8.5 billion at list prices, although airlines commonly get discounts. The newer planes offer perks for travelers including a roomier cabin, less engine noise and more room in overhead bins. But they also have huge benefits for airlines because they are more efficient, require less maintenance and burn less fuel.

The 737-900 extended-range aircraft from Boeing Co. have a single aisle and up to 180 seats when set up with economy and first class. They have the range to fly on any of Delta's current domestic routes. The 737-900 is the newest of Boeing's popular 737 model.

Delta Air Lines Inc., which is based in Atlanta, said in January it was considering an order for as many as 200 jets — possibly with options for 200 more — to replace the aging fleet it uses for domestic flying. (more)

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Article by SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Airlines Writer via newstime.com | Read full article here

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