December 15, 2017 - The US-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order with Airbus for hundred of the modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The A321neo ACF is the largest member of Airbus' single-aisle family to meet Delta's future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity.
The airline's A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.
"This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our Shareholders. Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience. This order for the state-of- the-art A321neo with Pratt's Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents."
"We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo. This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta - one of the world's best airlines - which we have developed over many years," said Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus.
Delta's announcement on the A321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the current engine option (ceo) version of the A321. Delta has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.
The A321neo ACF introduces new door and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin innovations, the A321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent by 2020. With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.
Most of Delta's A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus US Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has taken delivery of 13 US-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year. In addition, the 50th aircraft to be produced by the Airbus US facility will be delivered to Delta later this week.
The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus' US customers. Plans for further production ramp up are currently being discussed.
In addition to Airbus' US manufacturing, the company has a long and strong partnership with American aerospace supplier companies. Today, there is more US content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40 percent of the company's aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States.
As of the end of November, Delta was flying a fleet of 196 Airbus aircraft, including 150 A320 family members, 42 A330 widebodies, and four A350 XWB aircraft.