Delta plans to start operations with CSeries early next year
Atlanta - Delta is scheduled to receive its first Bombardier CSeries aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2018. From the beginning of 2019, Bombardier's CSeries will connect the coastal U.S. cities Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle with inland destinations.
Atlanta-based carrier says it will receive a handful of CSeries aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2018 with commissioning early next year. The Delta's CS100s, of which cabin configuration remains to be specified, will accommodate 110 passengers.
The devices will be deployed on routes where Delta has positioned regional aircraft with 76 seats but where demand justifies additional capacity. The airline management has already indicated that the airline will position the CS100s from the coastal hubs of Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle to mid-continent cities, including those in Texas.
As a reminder, Delta will begin taking delivery of Bombardier CSeries aircraft this year following a verdict by the USITC (The United States International Trade Commission).
The commission had blocked the taxes of about 300% applied to Bombardier CSeries aircraft manufactured outside the United States, believing that the CSeries did not harm the programs of the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
But the plan to assemble the CSeries aircraft at the Airbus' Mobile plant in the U.S remains.
Bombardier plans to deliver 40 CSeries aircraft to its customers in 2018. For its part, Delta had planned to take delivery of 15 CS100 in 2018 when it ordered 75 copies of the CSeries two years ago. However, delays in the program and the lawsuit between Boeing and Bombardier have largely delayed this schedule.
In addition to the CSeries, Delta plans to take delivery of 31 Airbus A321, 5 Airbus A350-900 and 23 Boeing 737-900ER this year.