Delta Air Lines moves up the retirement date for the DC-9-51s to 2012

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will now retire its 34 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-51s to next year. The company is cutting back on its planned capacity growth this year and is accelerating the retirements of older, less fuel-efficient aircraft (including the previously announced SAAB 340s, CRJ100/200s and the 34 DC-9-51s) due to rising fuel costs.

In other news, Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has entered an exclusive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) partnership with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Sao Paulo). As part of the five-year deal, which includes an additional five-year option, Delta TechOps will provide engine overhauls for a minimum of 50 percent of GOL’s CFM56-7 engines and maintenance services for various parts and components on GOL’s fleet of Boeing 737NG aircraft.

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