Toulouse - Delta Air Lines' first Airbus A330-900 appeared out of painting shop with the airline's color scheme. The aircraft is expected to be delivered in a few weeks.
Delta Airlines is getting prepared to receive its first A330neo in the coming weeks, but due to the partial government shutdown, it is still uncertain when the aircraft would enter service for the first scheduled flight.
Delta Air Lines has ordered a total of 35 A330-900. They are intended to replace the aging Boeing 767-300ERs of the US carrier. The company plans to deploy its new widebodies mainly on transatlantic routes.
Due to the partial government shutdown of the U.S. government, it is unclear when the A330-900 enters into service. The FAA still has to certify the aircraft for its operations with a U.S carrier, but as long as the government remains closed it won't be possible.
The same problem also applies to the first Airbus A220 of the operator. Delta received its first A220 at the end of last year, but the aircraft has not yet been certified by the FAA for the operations with the carrier. The company is the launch customer of both types in the United States.
Airbus's A330neo family has two variants, -900 and -800. They are similar in size as their predecessors, the A330-300 and A330-200, but consume considerably fewer kerosene thanks to their new generation engines.
Delta will configure the cabin of its A330-900s similar to that of its A350-900s. This means that passengers in Business Class will have their own sliding doors for more privacy.