Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first next generation Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The airline already operates a fleet of 127 A321ceo (current engine option) variants, and is now making the leap to the new engine option, with this, the first of 157 of the type on order.
The A321neo offers 20% better fuel efficiency over Delta’s current A321ceos.
“The delivery of our first A321neo helps to usher in the next era of premium domestic service at Delta,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s S.V.P. of Fleet and Tech Ops Supply Chain. “Not only do these aircraft offer the best customer experience in the industry, but these fuel-efficient airplanes further demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future.”
Delta expects to welcome 26 state-of-the-art A321neos to its fleet this year, with a total of 155 purchase commitments through 2027.
The first aircraft, N501DA, was manufactured at Hamburg Finkenwerder in Germany; the remainder of the large A321neo order for Delta will be split between Hamburg and Airbus’ Mobile, AL, manufacturing plants.
Delta’s A321neo aircraft will be used on domestic and medium-haul international services, but are not the LR or XLR variants and will not be used on transatlantic routes.