Delta has taken delivery of its first of 35 Airbus A330neo aircraft.
The Atlanta based airline received an Airbus A330-900 with new fuel-efficient engines, aerodynamic improvements and the advanced Airspace by Airbus cabin.
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 initial base for its A330-900s is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it will operate the aircraft on flights to Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo Narita.
Delta was the launch customer for the A330-900, ordering 25 in November 2014 and an additional 10 last year. The airline already 42 Airbus A330-200s and -300s.
With the addition of the A330-900, Delta is now operating both of Airbus’ newest wide-body models. It operates 13 A350-900s in its fleet has another 12 on order.
Delta operates more than 265 Airbus aircraft, including Airbus A321s and A220s, and the airline’s order backlog with Airbus exceeds 270, including 100 A321neos.
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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