Amid rumors of 737 MAX order, Delta Air Lines takes delivery of its first A321neo

A loyal customer of Airbus, the US carrier will have 26 A321neos this year, but Boeing may close a deal soon

Days after rumors pointed to an order for Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 jet, Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first A321neo, Airbus’ most successful single-aisle aircraft.

The new aircraft was delivered by the European manufacturer in Hamburg, Germany. It is the first of 26 A321neos to be delivered in 2022.

“The delivery of our first A321neo helps to usher in the next era of premium domestic service at Delta,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s S.V.P. of Fleet and Tech Ops Supply Chain. “Not only do these aircraft offer the best customer experience in the industry, but these fuel-efficient airplanes further demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future.”

It is no wonder that Delta has 155 orders for the A321neo that will be received through 2027. The Atlanta-based company has configured the aircraft with 189 seats, including 20 seats in “Domestic” First Class, 42 seats in “Premium” Economy and 132 seats in Economic.

According to the company, all seats have access to Wi-Fi, more spacious luggage, entertainment system and power outlets. The first A321neo is expected to enter commercial service in May after crew training.

Delta plans to receive 26 A321neo in 2022 (Airbus)

737 MAX order

Despite having invested heavily in Airbus aircraft in recent years, such as the A220, A330neo and A350, Delta Air Lines still maintains a considerable fleet of Boeing jets, including 236 737-800 and 737-900ER.

However, Delta is the only one of the major US airlines (American, United and Southwest) that has not ordered the 737 MAX.

Because of this, the planned purchase of up to 100 Boeing aircraft arouses a lot of expectation after being revealed in recent days. According to Reuters, a large part of the order involves the 737 MAX 10, the largest version of the jet, but which does not offer the same capacity as the A321neo or its greater range.

So far, Delta and Boeing deny the rumors.


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