Delta Air Lines has disclosed an order for 12 additional A220-300 aircraft under its current agreement, bringing its total firm order for A220s to 131 aircraft, including 45 A220-100s and 86 A220-300s. Delta has reordered the A220 five times over the years and is currently the largest A220 customer and operator in the world.
The A220-300 offers efficient performance and adaptability, according to Vice President of Fleet Kristen Bojko. The continued expansion of Delta’s A220 family is a crucial investment in the future of environmentally responsible aviation.
According to Christian Scherer, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, this additional order from the largest A220 customer and operator is yet another strong endorsement of the value and opportunities provided by this aircraft family of the latest generation. The A220 provides Delta with the flexibility to optimally scale its operations, resulting in increased efficiency and enhanced single-aisle comfort. In service with Delta, the A220 has proved to be a game-changer in its size category in the highly competitive North American markets.
In addition to its comfortable accommodation, the aircraft contributes significantly to the reduction of airline operating costs and environmental impact. The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, with 25% reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat than previous-generation aircraft. Combining cutting-edge aerodynamics, sophisticated materials, and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation GTFTM engines, the A220 offers customers a 50% reduction in noise footprint and approximately a 50% reduction in NOx emissions compared to industry standards.
Delta received its first Airbus A220 in October 2018, becoming the first U.S. airline to operate the type. Delta operates 433 Airbus aircraft, including 61 A220s, 280 A320 Family planes, 64 A330s, and 28 A350-900s.
With 271 A220s delivered* to 16 airlines operating on four continents, the A220 is the ideal aircraft for regional and long-distance routes due to its operational flexibility. The A220 has carried more than 90 million passengers to date. Currently, the fleet operates on more than 1,100 routes and more than 375 destinations worldwide. Approximately 30 customers have ordered over 800 A220 aircraft as of the end of June 2023, confirming the aircraft’s dominant position in the small single-aisle market.