In December, Delta announced a firm order for 100 A321neo aircraft with options for up to 100 more. With the announcement, CEO Ed Bastian said that he expects this order to be finalized at 200, bringing the total number of A321s on property to 322.
With this order, Delta pilots will have to opportunity to fly state-of-the-art airframes at every level at Delta. Narrowbody pilots will have the option to fly the C-Series or the A321neo, while our widebody pilots will have the chance to fly the A330-900neo and the A350-900.
Added Revenue Through Cabin Density Improvements
Delta will equip the 321neo with 197 seats, continuing Delta’s push at upsizing its narrowbody fleet. The configuration will have a combination of 20 Delta One seats, 30 Delta Comfort+ seats and 147 seats in the main cabin. Airbus has made this possible by adding over wing exits on the Airbus Cabin Flex Configuration (ACF) that Delta has elected to purchase. The cabins will also be equipped new, larger overhead bin space to accommodate the increased seating capacity.
Cost Savings Through State-Of-The-Art Technology
As many of you know, the “neo” in 321neo stands for “New Engine Option.” The A321neo is powered by the state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G geared turbofan engines. The PW1100G engines are the most advanced on the market today. In addition, the Geared TurboFan offers 20% fuel savings over the 321ceo and a 75% reduction in noise levels.
As part of this massive aircraft order, Delta TechOps will become a Major Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider for the PW1100G as well as the 1500G which powers our C Series aircraft. The agreement will guarantee 5,000 engine repairs and overhauls at Delta TechOps. Ed Bastain stated that this would bring Delta $20 billion in additional revenue over the life of the agreement.