Delta announced plans on Monday to delay delivery of 4 A350s and cut flight growth as the airline says it’s dealing with lower revenue and higher fuel prices. The A350s were scheduled for delivery from 2018-2020, but Delta said it needs a schedule that is “more consistent with the expected pace of international market improvement.”
On the international routes, overall capacity will remain unchanged to lower in the second half of the year for the second year running, the company said. Latin America and Pacific capacity growth would be reduced, and Atlantic capacity would be slashed from about 3.0-4.0 percent during the summer to flat for the winter season, it added.
Delta says these measure and other initiatives will result in it becoming the first legacy carrier to return to positive unit revenue growth later this year.
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