Aircraft By Type

Aircraft Make & Model:
Boeing 717-200
110,000 lbs. (49, 895 kg)
1,510 miles (2,430 km)
504 mph (811 km/h)
110 passengers (12 First, 15 Economy Comfort, 83 Economy)
120 ft. (36.58 meters)
93 ft., 4 in. (28.46 meters)
29 ft., 1 in. (8.86 meters)
2 Rolls Royce BR715 turbofans
HP or Thrust:
18,500 to 21,000 lbs.
No. flown by DL:
88 delivered through 2015 (ex-AirTran)
First Delivery:
N935AT officially changed ownership, October 7, 2013; flown home to Atlanta, October 10.
First Scheduled Service:
October 25, 2013
Reason Aquired:
To replace many 50-seat regional jets and Douglas DC-9-50s.
Last Retirement:
Reason Disposed:

Narrative:  Boeing 717 2013-present

Narrowbody, single-aisle jet created for the short-haul, high-frequency 100-passenger airline market. Third-generation descendant of the Douglas DC-9, originally designed by McDonnell Douglas and designated the MD-95 prior to McDonnell Douglas' merger with Boeing in 1997. Boeing produced 156 717s from 1998 to 2006.

The 717's arrival made Delta the only airline to operate all major variations of the DC-9 simultaneously: DC-9, MD-88, MD-90 and Boeing 717. 

"Adding the Boeing 717 to our fleet will give customers, particularly business travelers, more mainline aircraft service that features their preferred amenities. The 717s also provide Delta with a significant improvement in economic efficiency relative to the aircraft they are replacing."  Delta CEO Richard Anderson, 2012

The Boeing 717 primarily replaces small 50-seat regional jets, providing a better flying experience for Delta customers with First Class cabins, in-flight Wi-Fi, larger overhead bins and popular Economy Comfort seats.

Replacing smaller, costly aircraft with larger, more efficient mainline planes also makes good business sense to Delta. Flying one large airplane in place of two smaller ones requires less fuel, lowers ownership cost and is more environmentally friendly. 

Delta Service
In 2012, Delta secured arrangements to acquire all 88 of AirTran's Boeing 717 jets. AirTran had merged with Southwest, and Southwest decided not to integrate the 717 into its all-Boeing 737 fleet.

Before delivery to Delta, Southwest modifies each 717 to convert the planes to Delta standard, including removal of seven seats from AirTran's 117-seat configuration. 

On October 25, 2013, Delta's first 717, N935AT, flew Atlanta to Newark, New Jersey. Service expanded from Atlanta to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Cleveland, Ohio, in November.

More Information

  • Delta.com: 717 seat map
  • Delta Blog: "Boeing 717s are Coming Soon"
  • Delta News Hub: News release, "Delta to Add Boeing 717 Fleet, Replacing Small Jets," July 9, 2012
  • Boeing.com: 717 manufacturing history and specifications
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  • 717-DC9-MD88-MD90_t-tail_shoot_2013
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  • boeing_717_N935AT_KATL_24OCT 2013_1600NW
  • Delta B-717-200 First Delivery 10/10/2013