Delta Air Lines told employees it has reached an agreement to buy nine Japan Airlines MD-90s for delivery beginning in January 2012 to replace retiring DC-9s and 50-seat regional jets. DL President Ed Bastian said last month the carrier will retire its remaining DC-9s, numbering about 35, over the next 12-18 months (ATW Daily News, Feb. 4). In a message to employees, the airline said the MD-90s "will be refurbished and upgraded to match Delta's domestic fleet." The aircraft ...

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