Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first
Airbus A220 aircraft.
A220-100 will enter service in January 2019, making Delta the
first airline in the U.S. and fourth
globally - after
Korean Air and Swiss - to operate the aircraft previously known as the
Bombardier C Series.
Delta is the
largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.
Delta’s inaugural A220 flights are set to depart
on 31 January 2019 from Delta's hub at New York's LaGuardia
Airport to its growing operation at Boston Logan International,
and from LaGuardia to Dallas/Ft. Worth.
“It is with great pride that we take delivery of our
first, state-of-the-art A220-100,” said Delta Chief Executive Ed
Bastian. “We have big plans for our A220 fleet and are confident
that Delta customers and Delta people alike will be delighted with
the in-flight experience provided by this thoroughly modern and
efficient aircraft. We value our longstanding partnerships with
Airbus and Bombardier and are grateful for the great design and
manufacturing work done by the team here in Mirabel.”
Delta's A220-100s will feature:
- 109 seats with 12
in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin;
State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi
and some of the widest seats (18.6" wide in the Main Cabin) of any narrowbody aircraft; and
- High-capacity overhead bins,
extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting.
Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+ seats will be in a
two-three configuration, while First Class will be two-two.
Every passenger will have personal power ports and
complimentary premium entertainment on individual seat-back
The A220-100 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s
latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines.
In a recent media roundtable in Jeju, Korean
Air’s President, Mr. Walter Cho, said that the airline’s Airbus
A220-300s "perform extremely well" and "we are very pleased with
it" and "passenger reaction has been very good". Korean Air’s
Airbus A220-300s currently operate on domestic flights but the
airline will launch flights to Japan at the end of October.