Delta Air Lines has welcomed the newest member of its A320 aircraft family – the A321neo. On March 24, the airline took the first delivery of the aircraft type as part of its fleet renewal and expansion efforts. With 155 A321neos on order, Delta expects to take delivery of more than 25 aircraft this year.
The first A321neo joins Delta
In line with its fleet renewal strategy, Delta Air Lines received its first A321neo on Wednesday. It is the first of 155 aircraft ordered by the carrier and it will likely introduce 26 more by the end of this year.
Marking the occasion, Mahendra Nair, Delta’s SVP of Tech Ops Fleet and Supply Chain, commented,
“The delivery of our first A321neo helps usher in the next era of premium domestic service at Delta. Not only do these aircraft provide the best customer experience in the industry, but these fuel-efficient aircraft further demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future.
The A321neo will be manufactured at the same facilities in Mobile, Alabama, and Hamburg, Germany, where the A321ceos were built. The final aircraft is expected to fly commercially in May after Delta’s technical operations teams prepare it for service.
The new aircraft is expected to enter service in May. Photo: Delta Airlines
The aircraft seats 194 passengers in 20 Domestic First Class seats (with wing headrests for privacy and a stronger tray table), 42 Delta Comfort+ seats (economy with more room for legs) and 132 standard economy seats. The carrier claims that the seats have memory foam padding for better customer comfort.
The aircraft will also be equipped with Delta’s latest in-flight entertainment system, created in-house, found on other aircraft such as the Airbus A220 and Boeing 767-400ER.
The decision to add Airbus’ latest and largest single-aisle aircraft to its fleet by Delta also complements an already extensive fleet of A321ceos. Once all A321neo orders are fulfilled, Delta’s A321 Family will grow to 282 aircraft.
The new aircraft will eventually replace some of Delta’s other aircraft types that have accumulated decades of flight time. The carrier operates more than 100 757s, many of which are over 25 years old. Likewise, more than 50 of its A320s have also passed the 25-year mark and could be on the way out in the near future.
Delta revealed last year that the Boston plane will debut. Photo: Delta Airlines
Delta first placed the order for the A321neo in 2017 for 100 aircraft, then increased it to another 25 aircraft in April 2021. A few months later, the airline increased its commitment to the aircraft type by Another 30 aircraft, taking the total number of A321neos ordered to 155. Aircraft deliveries are expected to last until 2027.
In October last year, the carrier also revealed that it would launch the Airbus A321neo from Boston. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is one of Delta’s fastest growing hubs, and it plans to continue improving the passenger experience from the city to stay competitive.
As more A321neos join Delta’s fleet this year, the carrier hopes to squeeze the most out of the fuel-efficient narrowbody on its major domestic networks.
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