Delta Air Lines is continuing talks with Boeing over an order for 737 Max jets, the operator’s chief executive Ed Bastian confirmed on 1 June.

The SkyTeam carrier is unique among the largest US operators – American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, plus Delta – in not operating the narrowbody type, having looked to Airbus for its new single-aisle jets in recent years, alongside some used 737NGs.

But asked during a Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on 1 June whether there was a role for the Max in Delta’s fleet, Bastian said: ”I think there is.”

He continues: “We’ve been trying to get a deal done with Boeing on that… hopefully we’ll be able to figure that out.”

737-800 Delta

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Delta’s fleet features dozens of 737NGs but no Max jets

Reuters reported in March that Delta was talking to Boeing about an order for up to 100 737 Max 10 jets