Delta Air Lines has today disclosed an order for 12 more Airbus A220-300s with the conversion of options under their current agreement. The incremental order brings the carrier’s total firm A220 orders to 131 aircraft, including 45 A220-100s and 86 A220-300s.
On Thursday (July 13, 2023), Airbus announced that Delta Air Lines has disclosed an order for 12 additional Airbus A220-300s, expanding their firm order commitment to the type to 131 aircraft, including 45 A220-100s and 86 A220-300s. Over the years, Delta has reordered A220 Family aircraft five times, and today is the world’s largest A220 customer and operator. The only purpose-built aircraft in the 100-150 seat market, the Airbus A220 offers a 25 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft. With the combination of state-of-the art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest Generation GTF™ engines, the A220 also delivers a 50 percent smaller noise footprint and 50 percent lower NOx emissions compared to industry standards.
In Thursday’s announcement, Delta Air Lines’ Vice President of Fleet, Kristin Bojko, said,
“The A220-300 offers efficient performance and flexibility. The continuing expansion of Delta’s A220 family is an integral investment in the future of sustainable aviation.”
Also commenting on the incremental A220 order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, said,
“This additional order from the largest A220 customer and operator is yet another strong endorsement for the value and opportunities offered by this latest generation aircraft family. The A220 provides Delta the flexibility to right-size its operations, gaining in efficiency and offering superior single-aisle comfort. In service with Delta, the A220 has proven to be a game changer in its size category in highly competitive North America markets.”
Delta Air Lines took delivery of their first A220 in October 2018, and was the U.S. launch customer for the type. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 433 Airbus aircraft, including 61 A220 Family, 280 A320 Family, 64 A330s and 28 A350-900s.
A total of 271 Airbus A220s have been delivered to 16 airlines operating on four continents. As of June 30, 2023, around 30 customers have ordered over 800 A220 Family aircraft, confirming its leading position in the small single-aisle jet market.