Delta Air Line is going private, eliminating the first Boeing 737 MAX and reducing the number of 737 MAXs the company plans to fly in the US.
The announcement comes days after the Federal Aviation Administration approved the company to sell one of its 737 MAX planes, known as the A350X.
The airline announced the decision on Wednesday, saying it will not seek to operate the plane in any other markets.
Delta, a regional rival of United, will keep the 737 MAX as a training and training service for the 737 Max and 737 Max X aircraft, Delta said.
The 737 MAX aircraft, which is the plane Delta is most familiar with, has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,300 pounds, according to Delta.
It has a range of 2,500 to 3,700 miles.
Delta has been buying up 737 MAX production for years, but its plan to sell off the planes to a private buyer is the first time the company has gone private.
A new 737 MAX airplane is pictured at a Delta hangar in Dallas, Texas, U.S., October 20, 2020.
Delta says it will sell off more than 1,500 737 MAX jets.
Delta also announced that it will discontinue its flight service from Boston to Atlanta, Georgia, after 10 years.
The company also plans to move its fleet to new sites in Georgia, New Jersey and Florida.
Delta will not fly its planes directly from the United States to Europe or Asia, though it will continue to operate flights between Boston and Washington, DC, from 2019 through 2021, according the airline.
The first 737 MAX plane will be delivered to Delta’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft manufacturing facility in Everett, Washington.
On Tuesday, Delta was able to sell its 737 Max aircraft in a deal worth $1.2 billion, including the sale of the 737 X aircraft and parts.
Delta’s planes will continue flying in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Delta’s 737 MAX MAX planes will also continue flying from Atlanta to New York, Boston to San Francisco and Washington to Los Angeles.
The plane will fly from New York to Boston and then on to New Jersey, Los Angeles and Washington.