Delta Air Lines A220 jet.
Delta Air Lines A220 jet.
Delta Air Lines A220 jet.
Delta Air Lines A220 jet.
Delta Air Lines A220 jet.

Delta Buying More A220 Jets

Jan. 18, 2023
The largest operator of the Airbus medium-range jet series placed its second order for 12 new aircraft in a six-month period, a booking that could be worth up to $1 billion.

Delta Air Lines is due to buy 12 more Airbus A220-300 aircraft – the 130-seat version of the twin-engine medium-range jets that are a major feature of the carrier’s fleet update. Delta was the first U.S. airline to adopt the narrow-body A220 series and is the largest operator of that Airbus aircraft. Currently, the carrier has 14 A220-300s and 45 of the smaller A220-100s in service.

With the new order, Delta has a delivery backlog of 60 A220-300s.

The new aircraft will be delivered in 2026-27, according to Delta. It placed a comparable order for 12 aircraft last July.

"These 12 additional A220 aircraft will help power our increasingly streamlined fleet while also providing our customers with the elevated in-flight experience they’ve come to expect from Delta,” stated Delta vice president Kristen Bojko.

Neither Airbus nor its customer indicated a value to the new order, though it could be as much as $1.08 billion based on the A220-300’s listed price of $90 million.

“Delta Air Lines was the U.S. launch customer for the A220 and this fourth reorder in just four years by a leading carrier as Delta is a most gratifying endorsement,” according to Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer. “The aircraft is currently connecting Delta passengers on more than 100 routes at 25 percent* less fuel and CO2 emissions.”

A220 series jets are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines, which promise “at least 20% lower fuel-burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft,” according to Airbus. The OEM boasts that the A220 series will gain a dominant share of the 100- to 150-seat aircraft market over the next 20 years.

The A220 aircraft – a series that Airbus incorporated through its acquisition of the Bombardier C-Series program – are assembled in Quebec and in Mobile, Ala.

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