Delta, Boeing in talks to launch NMA

Delta Air Lines and Boeing have reported they are in discussions about the possible launch of a new mid-market airplane (NMA) as a replacement for more than 100 aging mid-market aircraft, the companies said.

Delta said it cannot commit to ordering the NMA until Boeing´s board decides to build the aircraft.

The NMA family will seat 220-270 passengers with a range of roughly 5,000nm (9,260km) when it enters service, which Boeing forecasts by 2025.

Delta would order the NMA as a successor to its Boeing 757-300s that seat 234 passengers, and 767s that seat 208-261 passengers, says Bastian. Both aircraft types are scheduled for retirement in the next decade.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year.