Delta could become an Airbus A350-1000 customer – report

US airline would be close to announcing the acquisition of dozens of wide-body jets, according to Reuters

Delta Airlines could announce a substantial order for Airbus A350 wide-body jets at any time, Reuters said.

The order, which could reach dozens of aircraft, would include for the first time the A350-1000, the largest variant of the type.

The announcement is expected for the 12th, when Delta will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2023.

Rumors about a large order for wide-bodies by Delta have been going on for some time. The carrier has a very old fleet of long-range aircraft, with A330 and 767 models aged between 15 and 28 years.

At the same time, Delta began a renewal process with Airbus through orders for A330-900neo and A350-900, of which they currently have 27 and 28 aircraft, respectively.

A350-1000 (Airbus)

There were still 14 A330neo and six A350 pending delivery in November last year, according to Airbus data.

Opting for the A350-1000, however, will see Delta Airlines have a large-capacity aircraft for the first time in many years.

Since 2018, Delta has stopped flying Boeing 747s, some of which were inherited from Northwest when the airline was acquired.

The airline also operated the Boeing 777, but the -200 version, until 2020, in addition to being a customer of the MD-11, removed from service in 2006.

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The plan, according to Reuters, is to expand routes to the Pacific and Asia, destinations from the USA where the A350 is considered very efficient.


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