Delta Air Lines expands A321neo order to 155 aircraft

Airline places a second extra order for the higher-capacity variant of the Airbus single-aisle jet

Delta Air Lines has increased the already numerous A321neo order placed with Airbus. On Tuesday the US carrier announced an extra order for 30 aircraft of the single-aisle model.

Delta now has a total of 155 firm orders for the A321neo. The first of these planes will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022.

Like the order placed in April, the new order was placed through the purchase rights conversion. Delta also has six A321ceo pending delivery in addition to 70 purchase options. There are still 121 first-generation A321 in its current fleet.

“Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, fuel-efficient jets, and offers the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s vice-president.

Delta’s A321neo will be configured with 194 seats – 20 in first class, 42 in premium economy and 132 in the main cabin. They are equipped with PW1100G turbofans that offer 12% less fuel consumption than the A321ceo.

The airline, however, should use the new aircraft to reinforce the domestic network. Unlike other Airbus customers, Delta has not yet shown interest in the LR and XLR variants, both with greater autonomy and which can be used on transatlantic routes, for example.

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