Atlanta USA-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) said it plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017.
The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta´s fleet renewal to enhance profitability while managing capacity.
Delta said that the 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment the carrier´s existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.
The Atlanta-based carrier will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft´s versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.
These aircraft will be powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. Delta currently operates similar GE CF6 engines on more than 60 widebody aircraft.
Delta´s A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats.
The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins. The 30 A321s will expand Delta´s existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft.
Delta´s first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017. Delta´s A321 will be equipped with CFM56-5B engines produced by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co (NYSE: GE) and Snecma of France.
Find out more at www.delta.com.