* 100 jets just ordered to cut fuel, maintenance costs
* Airline looks to shore up finances
Sept 13 Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), which
ordered 100 Boeing Co (BA.N) 737 planes last month, said on
Tuesday it was not planning any more aircraft orders in the
next couple of years.
"We wanted to put to rest any thought that we're in the
market considering a new aircraft position," Delta President Ed
Bastain said during a presentation to the Deutsche Bank
aviation and transportation conference in New York.
He said the Atlanta-based airline was intent on keeping to
its capital spending plan as it looks to pay down the balance
In late August, Delta announced its order for 100
Next-Generation 737-900ER airplanes valued at $8.5 billion.
Delta had said it was talking to major plane makers as it
looked to replace older aircraft with fuel-efficient models.
Citing industry chatter that Delta could be planning
another plane order, Bastian said the company was not
considering plane buys for the near to medium term.
"There's no second step of aircraft whether it be with
Bombardier (BBDb.TO) or Embraer (EMBR3.SA) or Boeing or Airbus
EAD.PA," Bastian said.
"We'll be talking in the future about aircraft but nothing
in the next couple of years," Bastian added.
He said the 100 Boeing planes on order, which will be
delivered starting in 2013, offer 15 to 20 percent better fuel
consumption per seat and will allow Delta to save considerably
on maintenance costs.
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Gary Hill)