Delta Air Lines welcomed the first delivery of its newest narrowbody, the Airbus A321neo on March 23, 2022.
The airline said in a statement that it expects to welcome 26 A321neos to its fleet this year, with a total of 155 purchase commitments through 2027. The A321neo will be manufactured at the same facilities in Mobile, Alabama, and Hamburg, Germany, where the A321ceos have been built.
Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, the A321neo is 20% more fuel efficient compared to Delta’s current fleet of A321ceo.
The new aircraft is scheduled to fly commercial operations by May 2022 after it had been prepared for service by Delta’s technical operations.
The 194-seat airplane will include 20 domestic first class seats, 42 Delta Comfort+ seats and 132 economy seats.
“The delivery of our first A321neo helps to usher in the next era of premium domestic service at Delta,” Delta’s SVP of Fleet & Tech Ops Supply Chain Mahendra Nair said in the statement.
“Not only do these aircraft offer the best customer experience in the industry, but these fuel-efficient airplanes further demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future.”
“Delta has been a leader in the aviation industry for nearly 100 years, and today we celebrate another milestone together with the delivery of their first A321neo aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, Pratt & Whitney chief commercial officer.
“The GTF-powered A321neo joins more than 200 Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft in Delta’s fleet today.”