Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo planes.
The US-carrier has ordered the ACF, or Airbus Cabin Flex, configuration, of the aircraft.
Delta selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle family to meet its future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity.
The airline’s A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.
“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta chief executive, Ed Bastian.
“Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience.
“This order for the state-of-the-art A321neo with Pratt’s Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents.”
Delta’s announcement on the A321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the current engine option version of the A321.
Delta has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.
The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles.
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers.
Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 per cent by 2020.
With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.
“We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo.
“This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta – one of the world’s best airlines – which we have developed over many years,” said Tom Enders, Airbus chief executive.
“It is also good news for our employees in Mobile, Alabama, where most of the Delta planes will be manufactured.
“We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Delta colours soon.”
Most of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.
The airline has taken delivery of 13 US-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year.
In addition to Airbus’ US manufacturing, the company has a long and strong partnership with American aerospace supplier companies.
Today, there is more US content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40 per cent of the company’s aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States.
As of the end of November, Delta was flying a fleet of 196 Airbus aircraft, including 150 A320 Family members, 42 A330 widebodies, and four A350 XWB aircraft.