24 May, 2019

Delta adds first Airbus A330-900neo to its fleet

Delta's first A330-900neo, Ship 3401, left the Airbus Delivery Centre in  Toulouse, France yesterday, jetting its way across the Atlantic heading to Delta's Technical Operations Center in Atlanta. There, further work will commence to officially bring the aircraft into the airline's fleet.

In partnership with Airbus, Delta is flying the delivery flight with​ a synthetic jet fuel and is exploring opportunities with Airbus to power future delivery flights with similar fuels.

Customers will first see the aircraft on trans-Pacific flights from Delta's Seattle hub later this summer, with the experience featuring:

A modern, luxurious interior with all four branded seat products — Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin
Thoughtful touches like in-seat power ports, full-spectrum LED ambient lighting, spacious overhead bins, and memory foam cushions throughout the aircraft for added comfort
Thousands of hours of complimentary entertainment via seatback entertainment screens, powered by a new wireless IFE system from Delta Flight Products
High-speed 2Ku internet connectivity, including free mobile messaging through iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger
Delta has a total of 35 purchase commitments for the A330-900neo as older 767-300ERs retire in the years ahead at the end of their serviceable life cycle.

Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus’ newest wide-body models. It has 13 A350-900s in its fleet with another 12 on order. Delta operates more than 265 Airbus aircraft, including A321s and A220s, and the airline’s order backlog with Airbus exceeds 270, including 100 A321neos. 

Delta will initially base its A330-900s at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it will operate the aircraft on flights to Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo Narita. Delta will configure its A330-900s for 281 passengers, including 29 in business-class suites, 28 in premium economy, 56 in extra-legroom economy seats, and 168 in standard economy. The aircraft will feature Delta's new internally developed in-flight entertainment system.

Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and featuring a new wing with increased span and A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors.

Equipped with the Airbus Airspace cabin, the A330neo offers a unique passenger experience with more personal space and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity.

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