Delta Air Lines, the major American airline headquartered at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, has recently come to an agreement with Airbus, the civil aircraft manufacturer based in France, in order to purchase 37 additional A321ceo aircrafts. These newly ordered aircrafts will be utilized in efforts to renew and revitalize Delta Air Lines’ narrow body fleet. The A321 aircrafts are very fuel efficient and will be replacing older-generation jets such as the MD-88.
In 2013 and 2014, Delta Air Lines placed orders for the Current Engine Option version of the biggest Airbus A320 Family member. In March of 2016, Delta Air Lines received delivery of their first A321 aircraft. In total, Delta Air Lines has now ordered 82 A321 aircrafts. Each aircraft will be powered by CFM International’s CFM 56 engine.
"The Airbus A320 family of aircraft continues to be a cost-efficient, reliable and customer-pleasing mainstay of our narrowbody fleet," said Delta Air Line’s incoming chief executive, Ed Bastian. "The order for the A321s is an opportunistic fleet move that enables us to produce strong returns and cost-effectively accelerate the retirement of Delta's 116 MD-88s in a capital efficient manner."
“Delta is an industry leader in many ways, not the least of which is contributing to the trend toward larger, more fuel-efficient aircraft for their single-aisle fleet,” said the Chief Operating Officer of Customers, John Leahy. “The A320 Family continues to be the backbone of every airline in the world that is paying attention to what their passengers want and their investors need. In 2015, nearly 40 percent of our A320 Family deliveries were A321s, up some 10 percent from the previous year. Our customers, like Delta, know where to find the best comfort, economy and reliability.”
All of the A321 aircrafts ordered by Delta Air Lines will be equipped with the fuel-saving Sharklets system, which is composed of lightweight composite wingtip devices which provide for up to 4 percent fuel-burning savings. Sharklets offers an environmental benefit and provides the airlines with the option of extending their range up to 185 kilometers, or 100 nautical miles. These A321 aircrafts will also have the option of increase payload capacity by nearly 450 kilograms, or 1000 pounds.