Delta Air Lines has ordered 10 additional Airbus
A330-900 aircraft, expanding its A330neo order book from 25 to 35
Delta and Airbus have also agreed to defer
10 previously ordered A350 XWBs to 2025-26.
Delta currently operates 11 A350-900
aircraft and expects a further four in 2019-2020. Delta’s A330
fleet stands today at 42 aircraft.
“The A330-900 is going to be an important
addition to Delta’s fleet,” said Delta Chief Executive Officer, Ed
Bastian. “Airbus has infused this next generation of the
successful A330 family with new technology and features providing
advanced levels of comfort for our passengers and significant
operating cost reductions that will make our airline stronger in
the decades to come.”
Airbus launched the
A330neo programme – comprising the A330-800 and A330-900 versions
– in July 2014. The A330neo brings significant efficiency
improvements while also introducing the Airspace by Airbus cabin,
which offers an enhanced in-flight experience
with extra personal space and state-of-the-art ambient lighting.
Incorporating the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000
engines, along with aerodynamic enhancements – including new
extended composite wingtips, which provide 3.7 metres of increased
overall span – as well as increased lift and reduced drag, the
A330neo is a more efficient aircraft which will generate savings
through reduced fuel burn.
The longer-fuselage A330-900
version can accommodate 287 seats in a typical three-class layout
or up to 440 for high-density configurations and can provide a
range of 7,200 nautical miles.
“Operational efficiency and an
exceptional passenger experience are core to Delta’s successful
recipe, and it speaks volumes that they have chosen the A330-900,”
said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Delta
has been endorsing the Airbus wide-body family from the outset by
committing to both the A330 and the A350. We are listening to our
customers and proud to be in the position to flexibly respond to
their fleet requirements for more A330s and equally appreciate the
ongoing commitment for more A350s as part of their long-term