Delta Air Lines has increased its order with Airbus for the A321neo, adding 30 aircraft to its existing orders for 125. The first of the 155 A321neo aircraft will be delivered in early 2022, and will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines. The aircraft will accommodate 194 customers, with the cabins equipped with 20 First Class seats, 42 Delta Comfort+ seats and 132 Main Cabin seats, and will be deployed primarily across the airline’s domestic network, complementing its fleet of more than 120 A321 aircraft.
“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 Mahendra Nair, Delta’s SVP for fleet and TechOps supply chain. “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 now in the A321neo,” added 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.”
Many of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus U.S. 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 totalled 358, including 50 A220s, 240 A320 Family aircraft, 53 A330s, and 15 A350 XWBs.