Delta exercises option for 12 additional Airbus A220 aircraft

Render of Delta Air Lines Airbus A220 in flight.
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Delta Air Lines continues to strengthen its fuel-efficient fleet with the execution of options for 12 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

With 70 aircraft remaining to deliver, including the 12 options recently exercised, Delta’s fleet of A220s will grow to 131 aircraft. The 12 aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2027 and 2028.

Delta A220 fleet expansion

This decision further solidifies Delta’s commitment to streamlining its operations and investing in sustainable aviation. With these additional aircraft, Delta’s A220 fleet will expand to a total of 131 aircraft, including the 16 A220-300s and 45 A220-100s already in service.

According to Kristen Bojko, Vice President of Fleet at Delta, the A220-300 offers outstanding performance and flexibility.

Delta recognizes the aircraft’s efficiency and views its continued expansion as a strategic investment in the future of sustainable aviation.

The A220-300 is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation geared turbofan GTF™ engines, which optimize fuel efficiency by allowing the fan and turbine to spin at optimal speeds.


This advancement represents a significant step forward in fuel efficiency for its class. Additionally, the A220-300 complements Delta’s existing fuel-efficient A321neo fleet, further contributing to the airline’s commitment to sustainability.

The ‘next-gen’ Airbus A220

One of the key advantages of the next-generation A220-300 is its exceptional customer experience. With a capacity of 130 seats, the aircraft offers an elevated in-flight journey, particularly catering to domestic customers traveling to and from Delta’s coastal hubs.

Passengers can expect a comfortable and quiet flight experience on this narrowbody aircraft, which features 12 First Class, 30 Delta Comfort+, and 88 Main Cabin seats.

The airline proudly received its first Airbus A220 in October 2018, becoming the first U.S. carrier to operate this aircraft type.

Since then, Delta has remained at the forefront of A220 operations and currently holds the title of the largest A220 operator in the world.

The airline’s A220 fleet expansion demonstrates its confidence in the aircraft’s performance, fuel efficiency, and overall contribution to a superior customer experience.

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