Delta Places Order for 50 Airbus Widebodies

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 November 2014
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Delta aircraft at JFK

Delta aircraft at JFK

Several days after the news was leaked, Delta Air Lines and Airbus announced an order for 25 A350-900s and 25 A330-900neos.

The A350-900 is part of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB family, which can seat up to 369 passengers in a typical two-class layout.  It has a carbon fuselage and new wings, and is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, all of which contribute to a 25% fuel burn reduction.

As of the end of October, Airbus had received 750 orders from 39 customers for the A350 XWB.

The A330-900neo is a member of the Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A350-800neo.  The new plane is an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.

It will come with new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines derived from the engine that Rolls-Royce designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and promises reduced fuel consumption per seat by 14%.  The plane will also get winglets similar to those on Airbus’ new A350 model and have greater range than current A330 models.

Delta currently operates 32 current-model A330s as well as over 100 A320 family aircraft.  The Atlanta-based airline currently has 10 A330-300s and 45 A321ceo aircraft on order with Airbus.

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