MIAMI — Delta (going three for four this week here on Aiways) finally unleashed some long awaited pictures of their first Boeing 717, both inside and out:
Delta’s 717 cabins will be configured with twelve first class (2-2), fifteen economy comfort (2-3), and eighty-three economy seats (2-3). DL will eventually take delivery of 88 of the planes–all subleased from Southwest/Airtran–with fifteen expected in 2013. The aircraft’s entry into service with the carrier is expected to come in later this month, pushed back from an earlier date of September 19 (Airchive will be on board; make sure to check back for more). The airplanes are intended to replace smaller regional planes, namely CRJs and DC-9-50s.
Meanwhile, out in Seattle, DL’s first 737-900ER is believed to have taken to the sky yesterday operating as BOE801. The aircraft is expected to be delivered in the next two weeks, according to Delta. Official entry into revenue service is currently slated for November 3, 2013, with the aircraft expected to operate DL flight 201 Atlanta-Detroit (obviously subject to change). A few photos of the airplane have popped up on popular frequent flier forum FlyerTalk, and indicate that the aircraft will indeed have the popular SkyInterior features.
The airplane, once delivered, will be the first of one hundred the carrier has on order. According to DL the aircraft will be replacing aging 757s, 767s, and A320s as they are delivered.