Delta increases Airbus A321neo order

Computer rendering of a Delta Air Lines A321neo. Image: © Airbus

For a second time this year, Delta Air Lines has increased its order for the Airbus A321neo.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta-based carrier announced that it has converted options for 30 additional Pratt & Whitney-powered A321neo jets into a firm order, bringing its total order for the type to 155. After this agreement, Delta still holds 70 more purchase options for the aircraft.

The airline had already increased its commitment from 100 to 125 airplanes in April this year. Delta currently operates 121 previous-generation Airbus A321ceo. It expects to receive its first A321neo in the first half of 2022, with deliveries continuing through 2027. According to the airline, “many” of the ordered A321neo jets will be delivered from Airbus’ US production site in Mobile, Alabama. However, a specific number of planes has not been named.

In July, Delta also signed agreements for 36 used aircraft, consisting of Boeing 737-900ER and Airbus A350-900.