Atlanta - Delta Air Lines has ordered fifteen more Airbus A220 extending its order book to 90 aircraft of the same type. The additional aircraft will be the -300 variant.

The agreement for new orders was announced on January 9. Delta Air Lines had announced the previous order for 75 former CSeries of Bombardier in 2016. Delta Airlines has also changed the type of aircraft expected. The US carrier will receive 40 A220-100 instead of 75. The rest 50 aircraft, including the new orders will be A220-300. The A220-300s will be delivered from 2020. The delivery of all 90 aircraft will be completed in 2023.

The additional A220s will allow Delta Air Lines to continue to update its fleet while enhancing the customer experience, according to Gil West, COO of the SkyTeam Alliance airline.

The Atlanta-based airline has so far received four Airbus A220-100. The first aircraft is expected to enter service between New York, LaGuardia, and Boston on January 31st. But it may be delayed due to the government shutdown in the United States.

The entry into service of a new type requires an operational review by the FAA, including pilot training, maintenance, and the physical verification of the aircraft and its equipment.

According to the rumors, the FAA units tasked with this job couldn't start it yet because of the so-called government shutdown.

Government Shutdown risks the launch of Delta's first Airbus A220