26 NOVEMBER 2018
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Ten additional Airbus A330-900 widebodies have been ordered by Delta Air Lines in a move the carrier says is designed to support its international growth strategy “in the near to medium term”. The deal expands the A330neo order book from 25 to 35 aircraft.
At the same time, Delta and Airbus have agreed to defer 10 previously-ordered A350 XWBs to 2025-26 to accommodate the airline’s long-term growth strategy. Delta currently operates 11 A350-900s and expects a further four in 2019-2020. The current widebody fleet stands at 42.
“The A330-900 will be an important addition,” said Delta chief executive Ed Bastian. “Airbus has infused this next generation of the A330 family with new technology and features providing advanced levels of passenger comfort and operating cost reductions that will make our airline stronger.”
Airbus launched the A330neo programme – comprising the A330-800 and A330-900 versions – in July 2014 with efficiency improvements and the Airspace by Airbus cabin, with extra personal space and state-of-the-art ambient lighting.
Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer said: “Operational efficiency and an exceptional passenger experience are core to Delta’s successful recipe, and it speaks volumes that they have chosen the A330-900.”
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