Delta Air Lines welcomed the newest member to its A320 family of aircraft – the A321neo. On March 24th, 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 deliveries of more than 25 planes this year itself.
First A321neo joins Delta
Keeping up with its fleet renewal strategy, Delta Air Lines received its first A321neo aircraft on Wednesday. This is the first of the 155 airplanes the carrier has on order and will likely induct 26 more of the type by the end of this year.
Marking the occasion, Mahendra Nair, Delta’s SVP of Fleet and Tech Ops Supply Chain, commented,
“The delivery of our first A321neo helps to usher in the next era of premium domestic service at Delta. Not only do these aircraft offer the best customer experience in the industry, but these fuel-efficient airplanes 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 have been built. The latest airplane is scheduled to fly commercially in May after Delta’s Technical Operations teams prepare it for service.
The new Aircraft is expected to start operations in May. Photo: Delta Air Lines
The airplane can seat 194 passengers across 20 domestic First Class seats (with winged headrests for more privacy and a sturdier tray table), 42 Delta Comfort+ seats (extra-legroom economy), and 132 standard economy seats. The carrier claims that the seats come with memory-foam cushioning for improved customer comfort.
The plane will also feature Delta’s newest inflight entertainment system created in-house that can be found on other aircraft such as the Airbus A220 and Boeing 767-400ER.
The decision to add the latest and largest Airbus single-aisle aircraft to their fleet by Delta is also to complement an already extensive fleet of A321ceos. Once all the A321neo orders are fulfilled, Delta’s A321 family will grow to 282 aircraft.
The new aircraft will eventually replace some of Delta’s other airplane types that have clocked in decades of flying time. The carrier operates more than 100 757s, many of which are more than 25 years old. Similarly, more than 50 of its A320s have also crossed the 25-year mark and could be on their way out in the near future.
Delta revealed last year that will debut the airplane from Boston. Photo: Delta Air Lines
Delta first placed the order for the A321neo in 2017 for 100 aircraft and then increased it by another 25 airplanes in April 2021. A few months later, the airline increased its commitment to the aircraft type by another 30 planes, taking the total number of A321neos ordered to 155. Deliveries of planes are expected to last until 2027.
In October last year, the carrier also revealed that it would debut the Airbus A321neo from Boston. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is one of Delta’s fastest-growing hubs, and it plans to continue to upgrade the passenger experience from the city to stay competitive.
As more A321neos join Delta’s fleet this year, the carrier hopes to extract the maximum out of the fuel-efficient narrowbody across its major domestic networks.
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