Delta eyes deal for 50 wide-bodied jets

|By:, SA News Editor

Delta Air Lines (DAL) has requested proposals from Boeing (BA) and Airbus (EADSF) for a booking of up to 50 wide-body jets to replace the carrier's fleet of Boeing 747-400 and 767-300ER planes, whose average age is 20 years.

Delta is evaluating Boeing's 777 and 787, and Airbus' A330 and A350, although it only wants planes that are already proven and not those that are still being developed.

Any tender could be worth over $10B at list prices, although Delta CEO Richard Anderson has played down the prospects of a quick deal.