According to Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s Fleets database, it is not uncommon for Delta to operate widebody families with more than one engine type. The CF6 powers some of Delta’s Boeing 767 fleet.
Delta will configure the 190-seat A321s with 20 first-class seats, eight more than on the A319s and A320s, and 22 Economy Comfort seats, four more than the current narrowbodies. The A321 will have 148 seats in economy compared to 96 on the A319s and 120 on the A320s.
The new A330-300s will seat 293 passengers, five fewer than the current Delta A330-300s. The reduction is confined to the economy cabin, which will provide 227 seats, while the Business Elite and Economy Comfort cabins will continue to offer 34 and 32 seats, respectively. Delta’s 242-seat A330-200s offer 32 business-class seats, 30 in Economy Comfort and 181 in coach.
Delta’s new A330s also will offer an inflight wi-fi service not currently offered on the carrier’s long-haul fleet.
Commenting on the order, Airbus Chief Operating Officer–Customers John Leahy says, “We are always gratified by a significant order from a current operator, as it is the best endorsement of the value and dependability of the Airbus product line.
“We have longstanding partnerships with the Delta team. Nonetheless, this is the first-ever Delta order for our . . . A320 and A330 aircraft. We look forward to seeing the growth of the Airbus fleet at Delta meet and exceed the needs of the airline’s customers and employees for many years to come.”