Delta takes delivery of first 737-900ER

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Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-900ER, as it continues with its gradual fleet renewal programme.

The carrier took possession of the aircraft, which is registration N801DZ (MSN 31912), on 27 September and flew the aircraft from Boeing Field in Seattle to its Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport base on the same day.

“We have been looking forward to celebrating this delivery with Delta and are proud to see the next-generation 737-900ER join its fleet," says John Wojick, senior vice-president of global sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in a statement. “It provides best-in-class efficiency, economics, reliability and passenger comfort that Delta needs for its fleet renewal initiative.”

Delta is scheduled to begin service with the aircraft type between Atlanta and Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as between Detroit and Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning on 3 November.

The aircraft is the first of 100 737-900ERs that Delta has on order, with deliveries scheduled through 2018.

Delta also plans to begin service with its new Boeing 717-200s in October, and its subsidiary Endeavor Air took delivery of its first Bombardier CRJ900 in August. The 717s and CRJ900s are part of its regional fleet renewal programme that includes replacing more than 200 50-seat regional jets with larger aircraft by the end of 2015.