Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines continues its fleet renewal with an incremental order of 30 A321ceo aircraft. This order follows three previous orders for the Current Engine Option (CEO) version of the Airbus A321 brings its total orders to 112.
“The A321’s comfort, performance and economics make it a very compelling aircraft for Delta in our domestic route network,” said Gil West, Delta’s Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We value our longstanding partnership with Airbus and look forward to taking more new A321 aircraft for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareowners.”
At the end of April, Delta’s Airbus fleet totaled 187 aircraft, including 145 A320 Family members and 42 A330 widebodies.
With Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama in full gear, many of Delta’s A321s are being delivered from there. The airline received its first U.S.-manufactured A321 last year.
One year ago, Delta placed a firm order for 75 Bombardier CS100s with options for an additional 50 aircraft. That agreement allows to convert a number of airliners into the longer CS300s at a later date. Delta will become Bombardier’s CSeries U.S. launch airline with deliveries scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018.
Delta will use the C Series to replace regional jets and its smallest aging narrobodies. The A321s are intended to replace Delta’s fleet MD-88s.
Delta currently uses the MD-88 on the Atlanta-Providenciales route.