737-10 Delivery Delayed Until 2027 For Delta

Delta is expecting its first Boeing 737-10 to have a first delivery delayed until 2027 following continued problems.

In recent years, the long battle to meet Boeing’s upcoming 737-10 certification targets has been front and centre.

However, when a door blowout incident occurred on a Boeing 737 MAX jet in the first week of 2024, and further quality issues were identified, questions arose over a timeline.

Boeing has been refraining from publishing a timeline for a long time as it continued to fail to meet these previous timelines.

Delta Delays

According to Bloomberg, Delta believes its acquisition of the 737-10 will be delayed until 2027, following their latest forecasting and expectations.

Further delays to the delivery of the first 737-10, part of the MAX series, come following Ed Bastian, the airline CEO, speaking with Bloomberg.

If the 737-10 was to arrive in 2025, when Boeing was hoping to obtain certification per their timeline, internally in 2023, Delta said it wouldn’t arrive before the end of that year.

However, new quality control issues emerging and audits into the plane maker have delayed production, and airlines worldwide are forecasting significant delays in delivering their new aircraft.

Delta doesn’t operate the Boeing 737 MAX yet, and while relying heavily on Airbus-produced planes for the future, its commitment to the 737-10 is a standout to ensure future success.

Before delivery can occur, Boeing must resolve several issues that have plagued the manufacturer for a considerable period. However, with no timeline for when this can be concluded, airlines are preparing for the worst.

A Global Problem

While Delta is the latest airline to forecast delays, this is a widespread problem reported industry-wide.

Airlines are being forced to curate fleet and network carefully plans long into the future that do not include the high-capacity variant of the MAX jet.

At United, the airline is eyeing additional A321neos and other MAX variants to try and cope with the ongoing delays and uncertainty.

However, in a far worse sense, these airlines are being forced to grow much slower than they would ideally like to cope.

Daniel Fowkes
15 Mar 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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