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Delta Air Lines Buys 40 Boeing 737-900ER and 20 Embraer E190 Aircraft in $4B Deal

In June 2015, Delta Airlines announced that they plan to sign an agreement with Boeing to buy 40 new 737-900ERs as well as 20 Embraer E190 aircraft. Back in 2011, Delta ordered 100 of these aircraft and the new purchase will increase the carrier’s existing order to 140. They will replace the old narrow-body aircraft scheduled to retire during 2019. This announcement follows the airline’s conclusion of a tentative agreement with its pilots to enhance their compensation and revise the profit-sharing principle from next year.

The agreement with the pilots, subject to a ratification vote and expected to be implemented from 31 December 2018, was approved by the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). "This tentative agreement with ALPA reflects the key role and contributions of our pilots in our excellent financial and operational performance,” Delta CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement. "These moves will continue to drive the industry-leading performance that has allowed us to return more than $3bn to shareholders and still reward our employees with industry-leading profit-sharing."

The new Embraer E190 aircraft are expected to enter into Delta’s mainline service during the fourth quarter of 2016. The aircraft will serve domestic routes throughout the US as part of Delta's strategy to move away from inefficient, 50-seater regional jets. The 40 737-900ER planes are valued at about USD$4 billion in total.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Delta Air Lines Inc. is a major American Airline that operates over 5,400 flights daily and serve an extensive domestic and international network that includes 333 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. In addition to ten domestic hubs, Delta operates three international hubs in Amsterdam, Paris, & Tokyo. Delta is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and operates joint ventures with: Air France-KLM and Alitalia; Virgin Atlantic; and Virgin Australia.

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