KarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 15206 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 36923 times:
From the press release:
Quote: The 10 A330-300 aircraft will augment Delta's existing fleet of 32 A330s. The first A330 delivery is scheduled for spring of 2015, with three additional airplanes scheduled for that year, four in 2016, and the final two in 2017.
Delta will be the first airline to operate the enhanced 242-metric ton A330-300, which offers additional payload capacity and range. Delta will use the aircraft's versatility to optimize its Pacific and Atlantic networks.
The A330 will feature 34 full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in BusinessElite, 32 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 227 Economy seats. The international aircraft will feature in-flight Wi-Fi and industry leading in-flight entertainment with a library of more than 1,000 on-demand options, as well as standard 110v power, modern interiors with LED lighting, and extra-capacity overhead bins.
And the A321s:
Quote: The 30 A321s will expand Delta's existing fleet of 126 A320-family domestic aircraft. Delta's first three A321s are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, with 12 more due in that year. The remaining 15 jets are scheduled for 2017.
The Airbus A321 will have 20 First Class seats, 22 extra-legroom seats in Economy Comfort and 148 seats in the Economy cabin. Every A321 will feature in-flight Wi-Fi, industry leading in-flight entertainment with live satellite TV and on-demand options, and standard 110v power. The A321 will also offer Economy cabin seats that are among the widest in the industry.
jayunited From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 1163 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 36737 times:
Congrats to Delta and Airbus.
I wonder will the A321 be deployed on some of Delta's longest transcontinental routes perhaps because as some have suggested in other threads the current 739 struggles at certain times of the year to make these long nonstop flights? Perhaps the A321 is a better fit on certain transcon flights year around?
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4070 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 36736 times:
The A330's improvements are paying off, and the A321 is nicely landing itself in the spot where the 757 used to be.
I suppose the A330s will be replacing some 763s. Would they be used mostly on domestic routes?
"This Airbus agreement is another opportunistic fleet transaction for Delta in which we acquire economically efficient, proven-technology aircraft," said Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive officer. "These A330s and A321s will provide tremendous flexibility for Delta to optimally manage our capacity over the next five years while further improving the flight experience for our customers and returns for our shareholders.
"Disciplined capital deployment is a cornerstone of Delta's comprehensive financial plan," said Paul Jacobson, Delta's chief financial officer. "These Airbus aircraft will generate free cash flow and improve our return on invested capital from the time they enter service."
Delta proves you do not have buy the latest and greatest model to make money. Yeah Delta got a good deal.
What I'm curious about is whether this Airbus deal includes a couple of other elements:
1) Taking more CRJ-200's off Delta's hands. DL recently downgraded their expected fleet total for the CR2 and it was widely believed they would use this order to get those extra frames taken from their hands.
2) Is there a life extension project now for the early build 320's? Richard was asking Airbus to come up with a serviceable cycle extension for the 320's delivered to NWA starting in 89 (up through ships 3250). Last I was told was Airbus was hesitant on this and RA might try to tie the order to this.
sancho99504 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 582 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 36282 times:
I said a long time ago that Delta wasn't done with Airbus. It is good to see them utilize both Boeing and Airbus for their ever growing needs. While I fully expected the Airbus order to be A32XNEO's and A350XWB, this is a pleasant surprise. I think with the larger cabin of the A320 family, I think we should expect a follow on order in the future once a good price/deal can be had with Airbus, you will see A321NEO's configured with their premium domestic product to run JFK-SFO/LAX/SEA. I can see DL maybe growing their premium offering by adding that service LAX-IAD/BOS/ORD. Maybe even on the ATL rotations that aren't on international configured widebodies. IMHO, the A321 is a better 757 replacement than the 737-900. I do see the 737-900 being a better fit for 757 routes like ATL-MCO/MSY/MIA/FLL/RSW/PBI/TPA, as the 737 is definitely a bit lighter than the A320 family.
fun2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1196 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 36205 times:
With DL(NW) being the early launch customer, they certainly could have have 789's delivered in the 2015-2017 range. Why defer the a/c you have a deposit on and that has newer technology vs. ordering the A330?
Interesting that DL is using the A321 / B739 combo vs. one or the other like UA (B739) or AA (A321). There must be a big enough difference in performance to have both contrary to the other Big 3.