Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321-211 (c/n 6923) N301DN in Hamburg on 16 March with plans to ferry the aircraft to its Atlanta base on 17 March, with entry-into-service scheduled for May.
“Purchasing a new aircraft, and in this case an entirely new sub-fleet for Delta, takes a team of passionate and devoted experts armed with their insight, craft and know-how from across the airline to make happen,” says Brian Shea, general manager of fleet management at Delta, in a statement.
“It’s a great aircraft with fantastic economics and cabin enhancements aimed at improving our customers’ flying experience.”
The airline plans to debut the A321 on flights between Atlanta and Orlando on 2 May.
Delta configures its A321s with 192 seats, including 20 in first class, 29 in economy comfort and 143 in economy. It will use them to replace ageing Boeing 757-200s in its fleet.
The carrier has firm orders for 45 A321s, Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer shows. It plans to take delivery of 14 more aircraft this year.
(Edward Russell - Flightglobal News)