The 717 and A220, Part 1: Introduction

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By Vincent Valery


Dec. 3, 2020, © Leeham News: Delta Air Lines, the largest Boeing 717 operator, announced it would retire the type by the end of 2025. Airbus A220s will mostly replace the aging aircraft at the Atlanta-based carrier.

Credit: Delta Air Lines

In this mini-series, we give some background on the main characteristics of the 717 and the gains Delta achieves with a change to the A220.

  • Last of the Mad Dogs;
  • Competition, OEM Strategy, and timing cut life short;
  • Current operators use 717 strengths;
  • The A220, a clean-sheet replacement with more range;
  • A route in the Aussie outback.

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