Major A220 customer Delta Air Lines orders 12 more jets from Airbus
Additional A220-300 order brings Delta’s backlog to 131 A220-300 jets
Delta Air Lines confirmed on July 13 that it had exercised its option to buy 12 A220-300 aircraft, increasing its order to 131 models of the type.
This was the fifth time that Airbus received orders for the A220 from Delta, which is now the largest operator of the plane originally developed by Bombardier – which it called C Series.
Delta took delivery of its first Airbus A220 in October 2018 and was the first US carrier to operate the Airbus jet. Today, the airline’s fleet has 45 aircraft in the A220-100 version and another 16 in the A220-300 variant.
“The A220-300 offers efficient performance and flexibility,” said Kristen Bojko, vice president of fleet for Delta, who today takes delivery of the A220 produced at Airbus’ plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA – the aircraft is also produced in Quebec, Canada.
“This additional order from the largest A220 customer and operator is yet another strong endorsement for the value and opportunities offered by this latest generation aircraft family. The A220 provides Delta the flexibility to right-size its operations, gaining in efficiency and offering superior single-aisle comfort,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
Main competitor of Embraer’s E2 jet series, the A220 debuted at airports in 2016 – when the program was still run by Bombardier. Since then, Airbus has delivered 271 aircraft of the type to 16 airlines on four continents. By the end of June, the manufacturer had accumulated more than 800 orders for the models from 30 customers.