15 December, 2017: Delta Air Lines, a major American airline placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.
“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience. This order for the state-of-the-art A321neo with Pratt’s Pure Power next-generation jet engines reflects our long-term commitment to these values for Delta people and all our constituents.”
“We at Airbus are very happy we won this hotly-contested campaign, together with our partner Pratt, and we are proud to serve Delta with the A321neo. This important order will further strengthen our partnership with Delta - one of the world’s best airlines - which we have developed over many years.” said Tom Enders, Airbus CEO. “It is also good news for our employees in Mobile, Alabama, where most of the Delta planes will be manufactured. We look forward to seeing the A321neo ACF flying in Delta colours soon.”
Delta’s announcement on the A321neo ACF follows several orders in recent years for the existing engine option (ceo) version of the A321. Delta has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International.
Most of Delta’s A321neos will be delivered from the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama. The airline has received 13 US-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year. Additionally, the 50th aircraft to be produced by the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility will be delivered to Delta. The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus’ US customers.