Delta Continues Spending Spree

Following its announcement that it is purchasing up to 125 Bombardier CS100s, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has also signed for 37 Airbus A321ceos.  This latest contract, valued at $4.25 billion, is the carrier’s third such deal for the type in the last three years, and brings its total firm orders for the A321ceo to 82.

Ed Bastian, Delta’s incoming CEO said: “The Airbus A320 family of aircraft continues to be a cost-efficient, reliable and customer-pleasing mainstay of our narrowbody fleet.  The order for the A321 is an opportunistic fleet move that enables us to produce strong returns and cost-effectively accelerate the retirement of our 166-strong McDonnell Douglas MD-88 fleet in a capital efficient manner.”

The first of Delta’s A321s was delivered in March, with a large proportion of the outstanding order expected to come from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama.  As at the end of March, Delta was flying a fleet of 165 Airbus aircraft including 127 A320 Family jets and 38 A330s.  In addition to its outstanding single-aisle orders the airline has a backlog of five A330-300s, 25 A330-900s and 25 A350 XWB aircraft.

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