Delta orders 10 additional A330neos
Delta Air Lines has ordered an additional 10 Airbus A330-900neos. At the same time, the airline has deferred the delivery of 10 of its A350 aircraft. The airline confirmed in a statement.
The new order from Delta was listed as an unidentified customer when the order came through on the 30th of October, 2018. The announcement comes as the first A330neo for the carrier was spotted outside the assembly line.
Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Gil West said ““Expanding our A330 order book not only ensures that Delta’s near-to-medium-term widebody needs are taken care of, but also drives our strategic, measured international growth,” adding “The next-generation engine technology from Rolls-Royce which powers the A330neo provides compelling operating economics, superior fuel performance and the range and coverage for our transoceanic needs going forward.”
The A330neos and A350s are set to replace the older widebody aircraft within the Delta fleet like the 767-300ERs, the airline currently operates over 50 of this aircraft.
Delta deferred 10 of their A350-900s as part of this order. The deliveries will now take place between 2025-2026 for these aircraft, however, the option has been made available to convert these orders to the A330-900s should they wish too.
The order further boosts the Airbus A330neo program which has received multiple orders this year after a quiet patch. The order coming before Delta was from Kuwait Airways for 8 of the A330-800s, the carrier will now become the launch operator for this aircraft.
Gil West went on to comment on the Airbus A350 saying “The A350 has been a great success for our customers and our business,” West further added “A fleet of 15 of these world-class aircraft is the right current fit for Delta’s industry-leading global network, operational reliability, and award-winning products and services.”
Meanwhile, Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said “Operational efficiency and an exceptional passenger experience are core to Delta’s successful recipe, and it speaks volumes that they have chosen the A330-900,” Adding “Delta has been endorsing the Airbus wide-body family from the outset by committing to both the A330 and the A350. We are listening to our customers and proud to be in the position to flexibly respond to their fleet requirements for more A330s and equally appreciate the ongoing commitment for more A350s as part of their long-term growth strategy.”