Delta, Airbus SE agree to expand aircraft orders, defer deliveries

Atlanta, Georgia-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has agreed with Airbus SE to place an expanded A321-200 order for 30 firm additional aircraft and to defer 10 of the airline´s 25 A350-900 aircraft deliveries set for 2019-2020 by two to three years with additional delivery flexibility, the company said.

Delta´s delivery schedule for its first A350-900 aircraft remains in place and the airline plans to operate its first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter.

Delta expects to take delivery of five A350s in 2017.

Delta currently operates 19 A321s and this expansion will bring the total firm delivery aircraft from 82 to 112 by 2021.

The A321 aircraft will primarily be deployed on US domestic routes as older domestic-gauge aircraft retire during the next several years.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. The company employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft.

The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry´s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights.

Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground.