Friday, 8 February 2019

Delta's Airbus A220 takes to the skies

Delta Air Lines is celebrating the launch of commercial flights with the Airbus A220, which has been years in the making.

In the early hours this morning, Delta flight DL744 pushed back from the gate at New York's LaGuardia airport carrying customers for the first time on the newest narrowbody jet addition to the Delta fleet.

Terminal C was bustling with excitement as customers, employees, media and aviation enthusiasts gall came together to celebrate the inaugural operational flight. "We have big plans for this aircraft," said Chuck Imhof, Vice President — New York and Sales, East. "It will be an integral part of our future domestic fleet and will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly."

Just as there was a good send off for the first commercial Delta A220 flight, there was a celebration on arrival in Dallas, Texas. “I have been with Delta for 34 years and was in awe the first time I saw the A220. Customers will love it — it’s a spectacular plane,” said Damian Atchison, DFW-based Above Wing Customer Service Agent.

Outfitted with a state-of-the art interior, Delta's A220 brings elements of international widebody travel to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.

Highlights of Delta's A220 include:

109 seats total, including seating for 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in Main Cabin
State-of-the-art interior featuring seat-back screens, 2Ku Wi-Fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft
Thoughtful innovations like high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting
Delta's A220, which takes advantage of advanced technology and composite materials designed to deliver considerable improvements in fuel efficiency, is the latest investment in a fleet modernization program that aims to replace 20 percent of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020.

Delta took delivery of its first A220 in October 2018, and recently announced an order for 15 additional A220s, extending its order book to 90 total aircraft.

(All photos from Delta)