Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 25 additional Airbus A321neos, in addition to their previous order for 100 A321neos placed in 2017. The new aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.
On Thursday (April 22, 2021), Airbus announced that Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for an additional 25 Airbus A321neos. The new order is in addition to the carrier’s order for 100 A321neos in 2017. The new aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW100G-JM engines. Delta Air Lines has also accelerated the delivery of two Airbus A350-900s and two A330-900neos. The Airbus A320neo Family aircraft delivers a 20 percent per-seat fuel savings along with an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles or two metric tons of extra payload.
In today’s announcement, Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice President – Fleet Strategy, Mahendra Nair, said,
“With our customers ready to reclaim the joy of travel, this agreement positions Delta for growth while accounting for the planned retirements of older narrowbody aircraft in our fleet, reducing our carbon footprint, increasing efficiency and elevating the customer experience. We thank Airbus for their steadfast partnership during the pandemic and look forward to working with them as we take delivery of the A321neo as well as our accelerated A350 and A330-900neo deliveries.”
Also commenting on the additional aircraft order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer, added,
“We have managed the challenges of the last year together with our customers, and it is gratifying to be taking steps like this one towards the regrowth of our industry with our long standing partner, Delta.”
The Airbus A321neo was first delivered in April 2017 and shares 95 percent airframe commonality with the A320 Family, facilitating seamless integration into an airlines’ existing single-aisle fleet. Additionally, the aircraft shares a common type rating with the rest of the A320 family, permitting A320 Family pilots to fly the A320neo without the need for additional training. The new order from Delta Air Lines brings the total number of orders for the A321neo since introduction to nearly 3,500 500 of which have already been delivered.