Delta to Take Southwest's 717s

Delta to lease the 717s Southwest received from AirTran

By Joshua Freed
|  Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 3:07 PM CDT
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Delta to Take Southwest's 717s

An AirTran 717.

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Delta Air Lines is adding a new plane to its fleet. It's taking the Boeing 717s that Southwest Airlines got when it bought AirTran.

Delta said it will start leasing the 717s next year as long as its pilots approve a new labor contract.

Until it bought AirTran, Southwest only flew Boeing 737s. Southwest Airlines Co. has said it was looking for someone else to take AirTran's 717s.

Delta says the 88 planes will replace 50-seat regional jets and the old DC-9s that Delta got when it bought Northwest. Because the 717s will be replacing old planes, Delta says the overall amount of flying it does will stay the same.

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