Delta To Retire Freighter Fleet

The management of Delta Air Lines has decided to terminate all dedicated freighter activities before the end of the year and get rid of its entire fleet of Boeing 747-200Fs. (The aircraft were previously used by Northwest Airlines before its recent merger with Delta.)
“From an operational perspective, the B747-200 fleet, which includes our freighters, is reaching the end of its viable, economic life and will be retired from service by the end of 2009,” said Neel Shah, Delta’s Vice-President of Cargo. “As a result, we will adjust freighter schedules beginning this spring and suspend those freighter operations by the end of 2009.”
At its peak two years ago, Northwest had a fleet of 14 B747-200Fs, but Delta had planned to have just six cargo aircraft with all other freight being carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft.