PHOTOS: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren
Nearly 30 years after it took delivery of its first 737, Delta’s first Boeing 737-900ER went for a spin today, departing from Boeing Field to Moses Lake in eastern Washington. The airplane is expected to be delivered later this month. This is the first of 100 737-900ERs ordered by the airline back in August 2011 for delivery between 2013-18. Official entry into revenue service is currently slated for November 3, 2013, with the aircraft expected to operate DL flight 201 Atlanta-Detroit (obviously subject to change). Delta will operate these 180 seat aircraft in a F 20, Y+ 21, and Y 139 configuration. They are expected to eventually partially replace Boeing 757-200s, of which Delta is the world’s largest operator. Delta thus far, has not ordered any of the 737 MAX’s though the orders could be converted.