Late news breaking this evening, with Delta Air Lines and Airbus announcing an order for new aircraft.
Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 25 A321neo aircraft. This order is in addition to Delta’s 2017 order of 100 A321neo aircraft. This firms up some existing purchase rights and also adds 25 additional purchase rights to its order book.
These planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. The engines will be primarily maintained by Delta TechOps technicians in Atlanta.
The airline expects to take delivery of its first A321neo in the first half of 2022. With these incremental aircraft, Delta’s total purchase commitment for the A321neo will now be 125 firm aircraft, with 100 purchase rights.
For those looking towards the wide-body orders, Delta has accelerated delivery of two A350-900 aircraft as well as two A330-900neo aircraft. Two existing A350-900 and one A330-900neo delivery will occur in the second half of 2022.
Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet Strategy said:
“With our customers ready to reclaim the joy of travel, this agreement positions Delta for growth while accounting for the planned retirements of older narrowbody aircraft in our fleet, reducing our carbon footprint, increasing efficiency and elevating the customer experience,”
“We thank Airbus for their steadfast partnership during the pandemic and look forward to working with them as we take delivery of the A321neo as well as our accelerated A350 and A330-900neo deliveries.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said:
“We have managed the challenges of the last year together with our customers, and it is gratifying to be taking steps like this one towards the regrowth of our industry with our long standing partner, Delta”
The internal configuration of the A321neo seems to be set, with Delta’s A321neos equipped with total seating for 194 seats – split across 20 in First Class, 42 in Delta Comfort+ and 132 in the Main Cabin. The new aircraft will be deployed primarily across Delta’s domestic network, complementing Delta’s Airbus A321ceo fleet of more than 100 aircraft.
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