Delta Air Lines will buy 20 E190 aircraft and 40 new 737s if a pay deal agreed between the carrier’s executive council and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is supported by pilots.
ALPA and the carrier yesterday (June 10) revealed that they had come to a “tentative agreement” covering the pay of more than 12,000 Delta pilots, which would see base pay increased and implement changes to the airline’s profit sharing scheme.
If the deal is ratified by ALPA members, the carrier has confirmed it will invest in 20 second-hand E190 aircraft to replace its ageing 50-seat fleet.
Under Delta’s plans the aircraft, which are currently held by manufacturer Embraer, will enter into US-domestic service in Q4 2016.
Delta will also add a further 40 737NGs to its current order, taking the total its backlog up to 140 jets.
The additional narrowbodies will replace retiring aircraft through to 2019.