Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Delta Orders 15 More Airbus A220-300s

Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 more Airbus A220 aircraft, bringing to 90 the total number of A220s the airline has on order.

 The additional orders are the airline’s first for the -300 model (formerly the Bombardier CS300). Delta also converted earlier A220 orders to the larger -300, bringing to 50 the number of A220-300s on order.

 The A220-300 aircraft will be configured with 130 seats and offer First Class, Delta Comfort+ and main cabin options for customers.

Delta expects all 90 A220 aircraft to be delivered by the end of 2023.

“These additional A220 aircraft will continue to strategically enable Delta to refresh our fleet, drive further advances in the customer experience and serve as an excellent investment for our customers, employees and shareowners for Delta into the next decade,” said Gil West, Delta’s Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.”

Delta Airbus A220-300. Click to enlarge.

 Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.

“Delta has always been deeply focused on the passenger experience, and the A220 fits perfectly with that philosophy,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “You just need to take a look at Delta’s cabin on the A220 to see it’s setting a new standard in short-haul flying. The A220 will provide passengers with a level of comfort and convenience that makes flying a pleasure again, while meeting Delta’s high standards for efficiency and reliability.”

The single-aisle A220 is purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and has already received a lot of praise from airline CEOs around the world, including Walter Cho of Korean Air and Martin Gauss of airBaltic - two airlines which have operated the A220-300 for some time now.

 The A220 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines and has a range of up to 3,200 nm (5,920 km).

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