Delta Places Order for 37 Airbus A321s
Delta Air Lines announced an order for an additional 37 Airbus A321 jets Friday. The order follows Delta’s announcement on Thursday that the airline would be the U.S. launch customer for Bombardier’s C-series small narrow-body jets, as well as an order for up to 125 of the aircraft.
The A321s will have LED ambient lighting, 110v power outlets in every row, in-flight Wi-Fi, and high-capacity overhead bins.
The planes will also come with sharklet wing tip devices and will be 4% more fuel efficient than current jets
The additional aircraft will bring Delta’s A321 fleet to 82. The jets are expected to be delivered with existing A321 orders through 2019.
Delta placed its first order for A321 planes in September 2013, when it ordered 30, and ordered an additional 15 in June 2014. Many of the A321s are being built on Airbus’ new assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.
Delta says that its A321 orders are part of its plans to renew its narrow-body fleet. The carrier plans to use the jets to replace older-generation aircraft, such as the MD-88.
Delta took delivery of its first A321 in March of this year. That aircraft is scheduled to depart for its inaugural flight on May 2, between Atlanta and Orlando.
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