Delta takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

Delta Airbus A330neo
Photo: © Clément Alloing

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. The airline becomes the first US-based operator of the Airbus A330neo.

The brand new aircraft, registered as N401DZ, was ferried from Airbus’ production site in Toulouse to its hub in Atlanta on Thursday. In partnership with Airbus, Delta operated the delivery flight with​ a synthetic jet fuel. The carrier says that it is exploring opportunities with Airbus to power future delivery flights with similar fuels.

Delta’s first A330neo features a total of 281 seats for passengers, including 29 in business class, 28 in premium economy, 56 in extra-legroom economy seats and 168 in standard economy. The A330neo will initially operate transpacific flights from its hub in Seattle later this summer. This includes the proposed Seattle-Tokyo Haneda route, which was tentatively approved by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) last week.

The Georgia-based carrier signed a total of 35 purchase commitments for the A330-900neo as older Boeing 767-300ER jets will retire in the years ahead. Furthermore, Delta has recently ordered another 15 Airbus A220 aircraft. The airline was the launch customer of the Airbus A220 (formerly known as Bombardier CSeries) in North America. In the future, Delta will also add more Airbus A321s (both A321ceo and A321neo), A350-900s and Boeing 737-900ER aircraft to its fleet.