Major US carrier Delta Air Lines will further expand its existing Airbus A220 aircraft fleet with 12 additional jets of the type.
The additional aircraft are due to be delivered between 2026 and 2027, Delta announced in a statement released by the airline on January 18, 2023.
The new aircraft are part of Delta’s strategic fleet simplification plan, which aims to improve passenger flight experience as well as make the carrier’s operations more sustainable.
“These 12 additional A220 aircraft will help power our increasingly streamlined fleet while also providing our customers with the elevated in-flight experience they’ve come to expect from Delta,” the airline’s vice president of fleet Kristen Bojko said.
The new Delta planes will feature a 130-seat configuration, which will include capacity for 12 passengers in First Class, 30 seats in Comfort+ as well as 88 seats in the Main Cabin.
“Delta’s A220 narrowbody offers customers the in-flight experience of a widebody aircraft and will serve customers traveling domestically and to our coastal hubs,” the airline said.
According to the Planespotters.com registry, Delta Air Lines currently operates a total of 911 planes, 14 of which are A220-300s and 45 are A220-100s.