Delta Air Lines is adding 20 new Airbus A350-1000 widebody aircraft as it continues to refresh and streamline its fleet, while striving to improve fuel efficiency and provide “a world-class inflight experience”.
Delta currently operates 28 A350-900s. Following this latest announcement, it has an orderbook for 36 next-gen A350 aircraft, bringing the A350 fleet to over 60 by the end of the decade.
“The A350-1000 will be the largest, most capable aircraft in Delta’s fleet and is an important step forward for our international expansion,” said Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer, Delta. “The aircraft complements our fleet and offers an elevated customer experience, with more premium seats and best-in-class amenities, as well as expanded cargo capabilities.”
The aircraft are over 20% more fuel efficient than retiring planes, supporting Delta’s long-term sustainability goals.
The new aircraft will feature about 15% more premium seats than retiring aircraft, including Delta One Suites, Delta Premium Select and Delta Comfort+ in addition to the main cabin. It will also offer more than 1,000 hours of free inflight entertainment from Delta Studio; free, fast inflight Wi-Fi; and premium food and beverage options. In addition, customers will experience high ceilings, expansive bin space and customised ambient lighting designed to reduce fatigue and jet lag on long flights.
“We are thankful for Delta’s continued confidence in Airbus’ solutions to meet its fleet needs,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Executive Officer of the Commercial Aircraft business, Airbus. “Delta now welcomes the A350-1000, which will open even more opportunities for the airline and its customers. We are proud that our aircraft serve the entirety of Delta’s impressive global network as this stellar airline takes fleet efficiency to the next level.”