Delta cancels order for 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

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A Delta Air Lines plane at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, on May 8, 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

Delta Air Lines is canceling its order for 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the company said.

Delta assumed the order in 2008 as part of its merger with Northwest Airlines. Delta did not disclose specific details about the agreement with The Boeing Company.

In a news release, Delta said it will continue to take delivery of new 737-900ER aircraft through 2019 as two orders totaling 120 of the narrowbody jet are fulfilled.

“Delta is one of the world’s largest operators of Boeing aircraft and our valued partnership with Boeing will remain strong as we safely and comfortably serve our customers across the world every day,” Greg May, senior vice president – supply chain management and fleet, said in a news release. “This business decision is consistent with Delta’s fleet strategy to prudently address our widebody aircraft needs.”

In 2010, Delta deferred the order to a 2020 and beyond delivery timeline.

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