Delta Air Lines plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017, the company announced September 4, 2013. The order comprises 10 international wide-body A330-300 and 30 smaller A321 jets.
The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta’s existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.
Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft on Pacific and Atlantic routes. They will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 wide-body aircraft.
The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.
The 30 A321s will expand Delta’s existing fleet of 126 A320-family aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights. They will be deployed inside the United States. Delta’s first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.
Delta’s A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and Snecma of France. Delta operates more than 200 aircraft in its fleet today with CFM56 engines, including all Airbus narrow-body aircraft. The A321s will also feature wingtip sharklets, which will provide up to 4 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to aircraft of similar size.
The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.
Source: Delta Air Lines