Delta Air Lines is continuing to upgrade its fleet, adding 30 A321neo narrowbody aircraft to its existing order with Airbus.

Delta plans to take delivery of its first A321neo in the first half of 2022, with deliveries continuing through 2027, and will deploy the aircraft across its domestic network.

The A321neos will be equipped with 194 seats – 20 in First Class, 24 in Delta Comfort Plus and 132 in the main cabin.

The aircraft interiors will include a new First Class seating  design that includes a larger and sturdier tray table, more stowage space for personal items and enhanced memory foam cushions. There will also be a wireless IFE system at every seat, spacious overhead bins, and a HEPA cabin air filtration system as well as access to wifi and power ports.

This brings Delta’s orders to a total of 155 A321neos, powered by Pratt and Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines, which achieve 12 per cent better fuel efficiency per seat basis than the A321ceo aircraft. This supports the airline’s carbon neutrality commitment by replacing less fuel-efficient aircraft as part of its Flight to Net Zero programme.

Mahendra Nair, Delta’s S.V.P. – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain, commented:

“Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, fuel-efficient jets, and offers the best customer experience in the industry.

“Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and in the years ahead.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, added:

“Our partners at Delta are underscoring the strategic role the A321neo will play as the highly efficient platform for Delta’s renowned customer service and reliability for many years into the future.”