Delta Air Lines has placed an incremental order for 30 firm A321ceo aircraft. This order follows three previous Delta orders for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member. The airline took delivery of its first A321 in March of last year. Delta now has ordered a total of 112 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.
All of Delta’s A321s will feature fuel-saving Sharklets – lightweight composite wingtip devices that are designed to offer up to 4% fuel-burn savings. Airbus says this environmental benefit gives airlines the option of extending their range up to 100 nautical miles (185km) or increasing payload capacity by some 1,000lbs (450kg).
Many of Delta’s A321s are being delivered from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline received its first U.S.-manufactured A321 last year. By the end of 2017, the Airbus facility in Mobile is expected to produce four aircraft per month, most going to Airbus’ US customers.
As of the end of April, Delta was flying a fleet of 187 Airbus aircraft, including 145 A320 Family members and 42 A330 widebodies.
Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer commented: “The A321’s comfort, performance and economics make it a very compelling aircraft for Delta in our domestic route network. We value our longstanding partnership with Airbus and look forward to taking more new A321 aircraft for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareowners.”