Delta ready to announce a sole-source deal with Boeing

Date:         20 Mar 97 12:32:01 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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The Wall Street Journal, in its electronic edition, is reporting that
Delta and Boeing will announce a deal later today which makes Boeing
Delta's exclusive supplier of both wide-body and narrow-body jetliners
for several decades.  The WSJ also claims that Delta has already told
Airbus Industrie that it did not win the Delta order for which it had
been a contender.

This sounds very much like American's deal with Boeing -- a stronger
arrangement than USAir's big Airbus deal, and now with two stronger
airlines.

Based on previous reports, this will probably include a launch order
for the 767-400ERX.  It will be interesting to see what Delta decides
to do with their MD-90s -- they reportedly haven't been very happy
with them.  I wouldn't expect any surprises involving the MD-90 right
now, but in time, I wonder if Delta might turn back the MD-90s in
favor of 737-800s.  (Of course, if Delta's satisfaction with the MD-90
improces and the merger goes through, Delta could buy more under a
sole-source agreement with Boeing!)

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