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Delta becomes first heavy A330-300 user

The first 242-tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330-300 was delivered on 28 May to Delta Air Lines. The US airline is the first of 11 customers to receive the type, with Delta having chosen GE CF6-80E1 engines to power it.

Launched in 2012 the increased take-off weight A330-200 and A330-300 incorporate a new aerodynamic package, engine improvements and an optional centre fuel tank (the latter for the A330-300 version). These upgrades on the A330-300 allow for an extended range of up to 6,100 nautical miles while offering up to 2 percent fuel consumption reduction. Since April 2015 the aircraft has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) following in May.

Delta Air Lines, Airbus’ biggest A330 customer in North America, flies currently both Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft, including 57 A319ceo and 69 A320ceo aircraft, plus 11 A330-200s and 21 A330-300s. In addition to nine more A330-300s and 45 A321ceos still to be delivered to Delta, the airline ordered 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo Airbus widebody aircraft last year.

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Featured image: On 28 May 2015, Delta Air Lines became the first customer to take delivery of the enhanced 242-tonne maximum take-off weight A330-300 variant, which allows for longer flights at lower costs (Image © P. Pigeyre / Master Films / Airbus S.A.S.)

First flight for another Big Bus

The first 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330 successfully completed its maiden flight on Monday 12 January, landing back in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport following a 3 hours and 30 minutes flight.

The A330 242 tonne MTOW is the platform for the future A330neo and is concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy. The newest enhancement offers more capability at lower operating cost with a range extended by up to 500 nautical miles and up to two percent reduced fuel consumption while also benefiting from operational reliability of above 99 percent. The 242 tonne MTOW is capable of flying missions up to 15 hours.

Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President Head of Programmes said: “We are on track to deliver this new higher weight variant in 2015 to launch customer Delta Air Lines, who will also be the launch customer for the A330neo.”

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A Big Bus! (Image © Airbus)
A Big Bus! (Image © Airbus)

Delta shops at Airbus

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo aircraft, as reported on Thursday 20 November. Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines will power the Airbus A330neo aircraft and Trent XWB engines will power Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

“When the most successful U.S. airline today says ‘yes, we want 50 more of your widebody planes’, you can’t debate the fact that it is a massive endorsement of your product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer.”

Delta Air Lines currently flies both Airbus single-aisle and widebody aircraft, including 57 A319ceo and 69 A320ceo aircraft, plus 11 A330-200s and 21 A330-300s. In addition to the order announced today, Delta has an order backlog of 10 A330-300s and 45 A321ceo aircraft, bringing its total Airbus backlog to 105 aircraft.

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A computer rendering of a Delta Airbus A350-900. (Image © Airbus)
A computer rendering of a Delta Airbus A350-900. (Image © Airbus)

Delta chooses Airbus A321ceo

A computer drawn image now, but reality in a couple of years: a Delta Airbus A321ceo. (Image © Airbus)

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.

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Delta orders 40 Airbus

Artist impression of the new Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 (Image © Fixion GWLNSOD / Airbus)
Artist impression of the new Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 (Image © Fixion GWLNSOD / Airbus)

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.

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