Delta Air Lines to buy 25 more Airbus A321neos

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Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 25 Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option) with the aircraft builder.

The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines and the order comes on top of the 2017 agreement made with the airline for 100 A321neos.

In addition, Delta has accelerated the delivery of two Airbus A350-900 aircraft as well as two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

Delta’s senior vice president – fleet strategy Mahendra Nair said: “With our customers ready to reclaim the joy of travel, this agreement positions Delta for growth while accounting for the planned retirements of older narrowbody aircraft in our fleet, reducing our carbon footprint, increasing efficiency and elevating the customer experience.

“We thank Airbus for their steadfast partnership during the pandemic and look forward to working with them as we take delivery of the A321neo as well as our accelerated A350 and A330-900neo deliveries.”

Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer added: “We have managed the challenges of the last year together with our customers, and it is gratifying to be taking steps like this one towards the regrowth of our industry with our long standing partner, Delta.”

The Delta Air Lines deal brings the A321neo’s total order number since introduction to nearly 3,500, with more than 500 aircraft already in fleets around the world.