Delta is retiring its newly-retrofitted Boeing 777 fleet to help 'stem the bleeding' during the coronavirus crisis

A Delta airlines employee waits for passengers in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on May 12, 2020
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Delta is retiring its full Boeing 777 fleet, describing it as a necessary move to help "stem the bleeding" caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The company announced Thursday that as it faces an "unprecedented" drop in travel demand during the pandemic, it has made the "difficult" decision to retire this 18-aircraft fleet permanently by the end of 2020.

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