February 1, 1996 in Nation/World

Delta Modifies Boeing Jet Order

Associated Press

Delta Air Lines has canceled its plans for short-haul planes and instead will go for aircraft better able to fly to Europe and Asia when it replaces its aging fleet.

Instead of buying 30 Boeing 737s, as originally ordered in 1990, Delta said Wednesday it will spend the same amount of money buying 12 Boeing 767 planes, which can carry more people and fly longer distances.

The 767 has 218 seats and can travel 7,040 miles. The 737 has 128 seats and can fly only about 1,600 miles without refueling, Delta spokesman Todd Clay said. The 767s will fly trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes, in response to increased customer demand on those routes, he said.

Delta’s announcement is “sort of neutral news” for Seattle-based Boeing, a Boeing spokesman said.

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