Delta Air Lines’ $8.5 billion order for 100 Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to replace its aging domestic narrowbodies, announced yesterday, will make the U.S. carrier the second largest operator of the aircraft type behind Indonesia’s Lion Air. But while this order was anticipated, it still leaves many unanswered questions. The order only amounts to half the number of single-aisle replacements Delta was considering when it issued a request for proposals in late 2010; at that point, the ...


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