Delta Air Lines announced 10 additional orders of the Airbus A330-900neo, making a total of 35 aircraft. The Atlanta-based airline will be the first American company to exploit the new generation of A330neos. A primary focus for the orders is to enhance "short- and medium-term international expansion".
Delta plans to replace and retire the older generation of Boeing 767-300ERs.
This morning, the A330neo emerged from the assembly line in Toulouse, France. The first delivery will be expected early 2019.
“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,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
The next-generation engine technology from Rolls-Royce (which powers the A330neo), provides compelling operating economics, superior fuel performance and range.
It will feature Delta One suites, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin. It will be the first to feature memory foam cushions throughout the aircraft in addition to its new wireless in-flight entertainment system in every seat.
Originally, 10 pricier A350 aircraft were on order but have been pushed to fly 2025-26 with certain flexibility rights including the right to convert those orders to A330-900s.
Delta currently operates 11 A350-900 aircraft and expects to take delivery of four A350s in 2019-20.