Delta buys - 200LR

Delta Air Lines has become the US launch customer for the Boeing 777-200LR. The US major confirms that it will take delivery of two of the General Electric GE90-powered ultra-long-range widebodies in early 2008. The -200LR order has been switched from an existing 777-200ER contract, for which Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines had been specified. Delta has three more 777-200ER outstanding orders listed on Boeing's website, but Delta will not say if these too are being converted to -200LRs, adding that the slots "are options at this time". If exercised, these three aircraft will be delivered "in the 2008 to 2010 timeframe", says the airline.

Source: Flight International