After receiving its first Airbus A330-900 in March 2019, Delta Air Lines has now found ways to boost and accelerate deliveries of the Airbus’ wide-body. At the end of 2020 and in early 2021, five more than initially planned A330neos will join the U.S. carrier’s fleet. 

The launch customer of Airbus A330-900neo in the United States, Delta currently operates four A330-900s and has 31 more on order directly with Airbus. Now, the airline has made an arrangement with the manufacturer to accelerate three planned deliveries. As per the agreement, two A330-900s will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020 and one in the first quarter of 2021, the airline announced on October 21, 2019. 

In addition to pushing forward the order that it already has with Airbus, Delta is also to lease two new A330-900neos from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The first aircraft is set to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020, leaving the second one for the first quarter of 2021. Both aircraft to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.

"These two incremental aircraft represent an opportunistic play to fulfill our near-term widebody aircraft needs for our customers and employees as older generation aircraft are retired and to support measured growth in 2021," said Greg May, Delta's Senior Vice President Fleet and Technical Procurement is quoted in a statement as saying.

In total, Delta expects to take deliveries of seven A330neos in 2020. 

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Delta Air Lines’ initial A330-900 – the longer-fuselage version of Airbus‘ A330neo jetliner – performed its first flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France.