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Delta Air Lines orders 40 Airbus aircraft

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 5, 2013
Delta's A330s play an important role in the airline's international network. (Rob Finlayson)

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order with Airbus for 30 A321s and 10 A330-300s.

Delta’s A321s will seat 190 people in two classes. Many of the aircraft are expected to be assembled at the new Airbus assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, currently under construction and scheduled to deliver its first aircraft in 2016. Delta has selected the 242-metric-ton version of the A330-300 to grow its widebody fleet, offering 500nm of extra range.

“Delta is excited to select Airbus to partner with us as we continue our fleet renewal,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s President. “These A330 and A321 aircraft offer a combination of economic efficiency and excellent customer satisfaction, which we experience with the 158 Airbus aircraft currently in our fleet.”

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Following the merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta inherited a large Airbus fleet including 126 A320s and 32 A330s.

Deliveries of the new A330s are slated to begin in 2015 and the first A321 in 2016.

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