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Old Sep 26, 19, 3:48 pm
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Originally Posted by eneq View Post
I wonder what Delta's plans are for the 14 new A359s? They already deferred 10 deliveries to 2025, so are these going to go to existing routes or new ones in the works?
Presumably some of them will allow Delta to launch new routes between its hubs and LATAM hubs in S. America. Delta's still relatively weak in South America, but this should allow several new routes to be launched every year for several years. It really makes Delta a player in South America in a way it has never been before.

Edit: Ed Bastian pretty much guarantees this in the AJC article:

“South America is one part of the world where we’re not well represented,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The hubs that LATAM has in Sao Paulo and Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires and Lima and Bogota – those are all rich markets, growing markets, markets that are not well served by Delta today.… Those will be the main areas we’ll be growing.”
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