Delta Air Lines orders an additional 15 Airbus A220-300 aircraft

Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 additional A220 aircraft, bringing its total order for the new generation, highly fuel efficient jetliners to 90. The additional orders are the airline’s first for the -300 model. Delta also converted earlier A220-100 orders to the larger -300, bringing the number of A220-300s on order to 50.

U.S. based Delta Air Lines has booked a total of 90 Airbus A220 family jetliners, including 50 of the longer-fuselage A220-300 variant. Delta Air Lines Photo
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“These additional A220 aircraft will continue to strategically enable Delta to refresh our fleet, drive further advances in the customer experience and serve as an excellent investment for our customers, employees and shareowners for Delta into the next decade,” said Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer. “We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Ala.”

Delta placed its initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016. Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new U.S. assembly facility in Mobile. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.

“Delta has always been deeply focused on the passenger experience, and the A220 fits perfectly with that philosophy,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer. “You just need to take a look at Delta’s cabin on the A220 to see it’s setting a new standard in short-haul flying. The A220 will provide passengers with a level of comfort and convenience that makes flying a pleasure again, while meeting Delta’s high standards for efficiency and reliability.”

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The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100- to 150-seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and true wide-body comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft. With a range of up to 3,200 nautical miles (5,920 kilometres), the A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

With an order book of more than 500 aircraft to date, the A220 has all the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Delta Air Lines orders an additional 15 Airbus A220-300 aircraft

  1. Canadian innovation …. Airbus has renamed but it will always be the Bombardier Cseries, designed, developed in Canada lest Airbus forget!

  2. Perhaps Delta suddenly ordered fifteen more CSeries/A220 jets because it saw something about them that would put them far ahead. Delta and Air Baltic are hinting repeatedly that it may be the most fuel-efficient narrow-body jet in history. This aircraft is absolutely powerful, with impressive short-field takeoff and steep climb capabilities. Wide economy seats, large windows, large overhead bins, large seat-back TV screens, big bathrooms, huge engines, big wings, a flight deck designed by the dreams of pilots, Bombardier has built a plane that has it all.

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