Toulouse - Delta Air Lines chose the Airbus A321neo to renew its single-aisle fleet and the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines to power it.The value of the order is roughly $25.4 billion at list prices.
On December 14, The European manufacturer and the North American airline operator announced an order agreement for 100 A321neo, with options for 100 additional aircraft of the same type. The single-aisle devices will be delivered from 2020 with the ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration. The majority of the new A321neo aircraft will come from the Airbus' Mobile plant in Alabama.
With this order, the Atlanta-based American Airline is renewing its confidence in Airbus and its line of single-aisle aircraft.
Delta Airlines intends to meet its future needs in terms of more efficient passenger planes with greater capacity,said the manufacturer in a statement.
Delta Airlines, Airbus, and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, and innovation, and their goal is to continuously optimize customer experience,said Delta's CEO Ed Bastian.
The new generation passenger plane will replace ageing narrow-bodies (Airbus A320, Boeing 757-200, MD-90) in the Delta's fleet.
The Delta's A321neos will be configured with 197 seats, 20 in Business class, 30 in Delta Comfort + and 147 in Economy. All passengers will have access to on-demand in-flight entertainment, high-speed Wi-Fi using Gogo's 2Ku satellite technology, video streaming, and jacks for charging electronic devices. The cabin will be equipped with 25% larger upper bins and an LED lighting system.
The 100 A321neo will be delivered in the ACF configuration, which is now available as an option but will become a standard from 2020.
Airbus also points out that it has a long-standing strong partnership with US suppliers in the aerospace industry.
To date, Airbus aircraft include more components manufactured in the United States than in other countries, and more than 40 percent of the aircraft component purchases made by the company are from the United States,said the manufacturer.
As of the end of November 2017, Delta operates a fleet of 196 Airbus aircraft, including 150 A320 Family aircraft, 42 A330 wide-body aircraft, and four A350-900.