Delta orders additional Airbus A220s
With Delta Air Lines recently taking delivery of their first Airbus A220-100, the airline has now placed an additional order, this time for 15 of the larger A220-300 variant.
In total, Delta now has orders for 90 A220s, of which, 50 are now the largest variant since part of this order also involved conversions.
Gil West, Chief Operating Officer for Delta, reflected on the order in the following statement:
“These additional A220 aircraft will continue to strategically enable Delta to refresh our fleet, drive further advances in the customer experience and serve as an excellent investment for our customers, employees and shareowners for Delta into the next decade. We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.”
Delta originally placed their initial order for 75 Airbus A220-100s in 2016 (BBD CSeries back then), which has led to quite a few “arguments” between Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Delta and the US International Trade Commission over time. Ultimately it was ruled that the A220 did not compete with the Boeing 737-700/MAX 7.
Each A220-300 will be configured with 130 seats and offer First Class, Delta Comfort+ and standard economy options for customers.
Airbus will work with Delta to ensure all 90 aircraft are delivered by Delta’s target of 2023 end.