It seems Delta is spending a bit more money, this time buying 30 new Airbus A321 aircraft
The follow-on order for 30 additional aircraft will be based on the current A321ceo (current engine option) version of the A321, powered by CFM56 engines.
Delta has now ordered 112 A321 aircraft serving US domestic routes.
The new planes will be fitted with the fuel-saving Sharklets. Production of the aircraft will mostly take place in Airbus’s plant in Mobile, Alabama.
Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office is happy, stating
The A321’s comfort, performance and economics make it a very compelling aircraft for Delta in our domestic route network,”
“We value our longstanding partnership with Airbus and look forward to taking more new A321 aircraft for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareowners.”
Airbus is equally happy, with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers for Airbus Commercial Aircraft – stating:
“Delta’s vote of confidence in the A321ceo – which takes the airline now to more than 100 of the type on order – demonstrates the passenger, operator and investor appeal of this aircraft”
Delta’s narrowbody Airbus fleet spans over 145 aircraft currently, featuring a mixture of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. The airline also operates 42 A330 wide-bodied aircraft in its long haul fleet
Delta’s narrowbody Airbus fleet spans over 145 aircraft currently, featuring a mixture of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. The airline also operates 42 A330 wide-bodied aircraft in its long haul fleet (and is an A350 customer).
It’s a solid move for Delta who can take advantage of the economy of scale by operating many of the same type of aircraft, and get a good deal at the end of it too.
Expect to see these in the air in the future.
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