Delta Exercises Option to Buy 12 Airbus A220 Jets

July 19, 2022

Airbus A220

Following Delta Air Lines' announced purchase yesterday of 100 Boeing 737 MAX-10 planes, the carrier has now committed to buying 12 Airbus A220 regional jets.

“The A220-300 is economical, efficient and delivers superior performance,” said Mahendra Nair, S.V.P. - Fleet & TechOps Supply Chain. “These additional aircraft in the A220 family are an excellent investment for our customers and employees and will be fundamental as we work toward a more sustainable future for air travel.”

Delta and Airbus made the announcement at Farnborough International Airshow, where all the power players in aviation convene to show off new aircraft products and strike multi-billion dollar deals.

The A220-300 is a comfortable and quiet narrowbody aircraft that offers customers the in-flight experience of a widebody aircraft. This aircraft features 12 First Class, 30 Comfort+ and 88 Main Cabin seats. It is perfect for domestic travel and travel to coastal short to medium distance hubs.

Delta Airlines is continuing its commitment to sustainability by adding more Airbus A220s to its fleet. These planes are powered by Pratt and Whitney's latest-generation GTF engines, which offer 25% better fuel efficiency than the planes they are replacing. This will help Delta reduce its carbon emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future.

“Delta was the U.S. launch customer for the A220, and with this incremental order, it’s clear the airline and its passengers are pleased with both the economy and comfort of the aircraft,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. “The A220 bridges the gap between single-aisle and regional aircraft, and complements Delta’s A320 family fleet by providing short field performance with long range.”  

Delta Airlines has a total of 51 A220 aircraft on order, including the 12 purchased today. The A220-300 has proven thusfar to be very popular with passengers. 

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