Delta Air Lines has ordered an additional 15 Airbus A321 aircraft as part of their fleet renewal program. The announcement came from Doha, Qatar, where the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is meeting. Delta already has 30 A321’s on order, which brings new orders for the A321 to a total of 45. It’s widely speculated these new, efficient aircraft will replace a portion of the aging Boeing 757-200 fleet. The new aircraft are of the “current engine option” using the CFM56-5B engine from CFM International – a joint venture between Snecma and General Electric.
The new A321’s are slated for delivery between 2016 and 2018. The single aisle Airbus A321 will join 126 narrow-body Airbus A320/A319 aircraft currently in the Delta Air Lines fleet.
Delta’s seating configuration for the Airbus A321 will include 20 in First Class, 23 in Economy Comfort and 149 in Economy. Both Airbus and Delta tout the seats will be among widest in the industry. Additionally, each A321 will sport inflight WiFi, live satellite TV and video on-demand, and 110v power outlets at every seat.
“This opportunistic aircraft order continues Delta’s disciplined, capital efficient approach to fleet renewal,” said Delta CEO, Richard Anderson. “These new airplanes will improve the flying experience for our customers and benefit our shareholders.”
Delta Widebody Fleet Renewal – The Airbus A330
Also noteworthy is the fact Delta has 10 widebody Airbus A330 aircraft on order. Unlike existing Airbus A330 currently in the Delta fleet, the new widebody A330 aircraft on order feature a higher maximum take-off weight.
The higher maximum take-off weight will allow the new A330’s to take on additional fuel to fly further missions or load additional cargo.
While Delta has not said much about international fleet renewal, it’s well-known they’re shopping the market and any order will likely be conservative with respect to newest of technologies.