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Delta seals Boeing 717 deal with Southwest
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ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. closed a previously reported deal with Southwest Airlines Co. to lease 88 Boeing 717s Southwest got when it bought AirTran.

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Financial terms were not disclosed.

The aircraft will begin delivery next year, with 16 scheduled to enter Atlanta-based Delta's fleet in 2013. Thirty-six will be delivered in 2014 and in 2015, Delta said.

The Boeing 717s will primarily replace small 50-seat regional jets.

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