Delta adds to A220 orderbook

Delta Air Lines has ordered an additional 15 A220 aircraft, bringing the total number it has on order to 90.

The new orders are for the A220-300 model and the airline also converted earlier orders of the A220 to the larger -300 model. This brings its total number of the -300 variant on order to 50, while the remaining 40 on order will consist of the A220-100 series aircraft.

Delta’s chief operating officer, Gil West, commented: “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.”

West added: “We look forward to taking our first A220-300 in 2020 at the Airbus assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama.”

Delta placed its initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016. Airbus will produce the A220-300s at a new assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, US, construction of the plant will begin later in January.

Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer, said the A220 “fits perfectly” with Delta’s philosophy, adding “You just need to take a look at Delta’s cabin on the A220 to see it’s setting a new standard in short-haul flying.”

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