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Delta Air Lines orders 15 additional A-220 aircraft

Increases its commitment to 90 airplanes, including first for -300

Delta Air Lines has ordered 15 additional A-220 aircraft, bringing to 90 the total of the new generation, fuel-efficient jetliners the world’s second-largest airline has on order. The additional orders are the carrier’s first for the -300 model. The airline also converted earlier A-220 orders to the larger -300, bringing to 50 the number of units on order.

The carrier placed its initial order for 75 airplanes in 2016. Airbus will produce the A-220/300s at a new US assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama. Construction of the plant, to be located adjacent to the existing A-320 assembly facility, will begin later in January.

The A-220 is powered and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines and with a range of up to 3,200 nm (5920 km).

With an order book of more than 500 planes to date, this model is in the 100- to 150-seat segment, market estimated to represent at least 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years.

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