Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 more Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos.
“Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Delta’s senior vice-president for fleet and techops supply chain, Mahendra Nair. “Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and beyond.”
“As the industry looks to emerge from the pandemic, Delta is showing responsible leadership and casting a strong vote of confidence in the A321neo,” noted Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer and head of Airbus International. “With orders for 30 more of an aircraft that is in very high demand around the globe, our partners at Delta are underscoring the strategic role they see for the A321neo with its outstanding environmental performance for the airline’s renowned customer service and reliability for years into the future.”
Delta’s A321neos will be powered by next-generation Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines that bring significant efficiency gains over Delta’s current A321 aircraft. Equipped with total seating for 194 customers with 20 in first class, 42 in Delta Comfort+ and 132 in the main cabin, Delta’s A321neos will be deployed primarily across the airline’s extensive domestic network, complementing Delta’s current A321 fleet of more than 120 aircraft. The airline is slated to receive the first of its 155 A321neo aircraft early next year.
Many of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has taken delivery of 87 US-manufactured Airbus aircraft since 2016. As of the end of July, Delta’s fleet of Airbus aircraft numbered 358, including 50 A220 aircraft, 240 A320 Family members, 53 A330 widebodies, and 15 A350 XWB aircraft.
Earlier this year, Delta partnered with high-speed wifi provider Viasat in order to launch a wifi-access portal developed in-house that it says will bring passengers “one step closer to a seamless, personalised in-flight experience”.