Delta has placed an order with Airbus for 15 A321ceo aircraft to replace older airliners, it was announced on Monday 2 June. The airline has selected CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power the newly ordered A321ceo aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery starting in 2018. Production of these fresh Airbus aircraft is to take place in Mobile, Alabama.
Among other types, Delta currently operates 126 A320 family aircraft and 32 A330s. The order announced today brings Delta’s backlog to 45 single-aisle Airbus A321 and 10 widebody Airbus A330 aircraft.
All of Delta’s A321s will feature fuel-saving sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that offer 4 percent fuel-burn savings. This environmental benefit gives the airline the option of extending its range up to 100 nautical miles/185 kilometers or increasing payload capacity by some 1000 pounds/450 kilograms.
Many of Delta’s A321s will be delivered from Airbus’ brand-new A320 Ffmily assembly line, currently under construction in Mobile, Alabama. Hiring is underway at the facility, and aircraft assembly will begin there next year. By 2017, the Mobile facility is expected to produce four aircraft per month.