Delta Air Lines has agreed with Airbus to place
an expanded A321-200 order for 30 firm additional aircraft.
The airline took delivery of its first A321 in
March 2016 and has ordered a total of 112 A321s, each powered by
CFM56 engines from CFM International.
All of Delta’s A321s will feature fuel-saving
Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer up to
4% fuel-burn savings. This environmental benefit gives airlines
the option of extending their range up to 100 nautical miles/185
kilometres or increasing payload capacity by some 1000 pounds/450
The airline has also decided to
defer 10 of the airline’s 25 A350-900 aircraft deliveries set for
2019-2020 by two to three years with additional delivery
Delta’s delivery schedule for its first A350-900
aircraft remains in place and the airline plans to operate its
first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter, featuring the
Delta One Suite and Premium Select cabin.
The airline still expects to take
delivery of five A350s in 2017.
“These agreements better align our widebody and
narrowbody order books with our fleet replacement needs,” said Gil
West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer. “We appreciate the partnership of Airbus, Rolls-Royce and
GE Aviation as we exercise what’s best for our business, our
employees and our customers.”
Delta currently operates 19 A321s and this
expansion will bring the total firm delivery aircraft from 82 to
112 by 2021.
The A321 aircraft will primarily be deployed on U.S.
domestic routes as older domestic-gauge aircraft retire during the
next several years.
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