Jan. 6, Delta Air Lines will retire its remaining Douglas DC-9
aircraft following Flight 2014 scheduled to depart Minneapolis/St.
Paul for Atlanta at 5:20 p.m. (EST), the last scheduled commercial
flight of the DC-9 by a major U.S. airline. 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.
DC-9 retirement comes just months after Delta began taking delivery
of its orders of 88 Boeing 717-200 aircraft and 100 Boeing 737-900ER
aircraft, which began entering service in October and November,
respectively. Each aircraft features a First Class cabin and
slim-line seats throughout Delta's Economy Comfort and Economy cabin
along with Wi-Fi connectivity and in-seat power ports. Additionally,
the Boeing 737-900ER offers on-demand entertainment throughout the
cabin. Delta also recently announced its order for 40 Airbus aircraft
including 30 narrowbody A321s, which will begin to be delivered in
was the launch customer for the original 65-seat version of the DC-9
in 1965 as the airline replaced propeller aircraft on high-frequency,
short-haul domestic routes. The twin-engine plane was removed from
the Delta fleet in 1993, but larger variants reentered service
following the merger; those aircraft joined Northwest after it
acquired Republic Airlines in 1986. Delta has flown a total of 305
DC-9s since 1965.
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.