Delta Air Lines has again delayed the inaugural flight of its Boeing 717-200s with service now anticipated to begin on 1 November.
The aircraft is scheduled to enter service from the airline’s Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport base to Cleveland Hopkins International, Little Rock National and Newark Liberty International on 1 November, Panama City (Florida) on 3 November, Huntsville International on 3 December and Ft. Walton Beach on 19 December, according to schedules on its website.
Final certification of the type by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is behind the postponement, says Delta.
This is the second delay to entry-into-service of Delta’s 717s, which was first scheduled for 19 September and most recently 26 September.
The airline is leasing 88 717s from Southwest Airlines, which is removing the type from its AirTran Airways subsidiary’s fleet. It anticipates having 16 in its fleet by the end of the year and all 88 by the end of 2015.