BUSINESS DECEMBER 1, 2008, 12:00 A.M. ET Delta to Seek Changes in Boeing Orders
Carrier Will Likely Cut Northwest's 787 Plans, Expand Purchase of Long-Haul 777s
By PAULO PRADA and J. LYNN LUNSFORD
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Delta Air Lines Inc., as it integrates its fleet with that of recently acquired Northwest Airlines Corp., plans to seek significant changes to aircraft orders that both carriers had placed individually with Boeing Co., according to people familiar with Delta's plans.
Most notably, the company is likely to scale back a Northwest order for Boeing's new, but delayed, 787 Dreamliner, and ask the manufacturer to expand a Delta order for the 777-200LR, a long-range aircraft that carries at least 50 more passengers and would better enable the combined carrier to continue pursuing Delta's strategy to shift a greater percentage of ...