Delta Airlines has placed an order for 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft, adding to its existing orders for 125 of the type. This brings its outstanding orders to a total of 155 A321neos.
Delta’s A321neos will be powered by next-generation Pratt & Whitney PW1100G turbofan engines. The aircraft are equipped with total seating for 194 customers. First Class has 20 seats, Delta Comfort+ has 42, and the Main Cabin has 132 seats. Delta’ will deploy the A321neos primarily across its domestic network.
The airline is set to receive the first of its 155 A321neo aircraft early next year.
Many Delta Airlines’ A321neos will be delivered from Airbus’ U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. Since 2016, the airline has taken delivery of 87 U.S.-manufactured Airbus aircraft.
As of the end of July, Delta’s fleet of Airbus aircraft numbered 358, which includes 50 A220 aircraft, 240 A320 Family members, 53 A330 widebodies, and 15 A350 XWB aircraft.
Meanwhile, Delta Airlines posted a $652 million net income in Q2 2021, its first quarterly profit since the global COVID-19 pandemic began. The carrier said it now expects to stay in the black for the rest of the fiscal year.
The airline attributed the profit to billions of dollars in government aid for U.S. airline workers’ salaries, a vaccination-led travel rebound, as well as a strong rise in quarterly revenues, which topped analyst estimates.