Delta Air Lines places order for 100 A321neo ACF aircraft
Atlanta, Usa - Underscores airline’s confidence in Airbus single-aisle family
Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A-321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The US-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family to meet Delta’s future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The carrier’s A-321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines. Delta’s announcement on the A-321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the Current Engine Option (Ceo) version of the A-321. The airline has ordered a total of 117 A-321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. The A-321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. The A-321 is the largest member of the A-320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A-321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption. With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010, the A-320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. Most of Delta’s A-321neos will be delivered from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has taken delivery of 13 US-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year. In addition, the 50th airplane to be produced by the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility will be delivered to Delta later this week. The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus’ US customers. Plans for further production ramp up are currently being discussed. In addition to Airbus’ US manufacturing, the company has a long and strong partnership with American aerospace supplier companies. Today, there is more US content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40% of the company’s aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States. As of the end of November, the airline was flying a fleet of 196 aircraft, including 150 A-320 Family members, 42 A-330 widebodies, and four A-350 XWB aircraft.
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